Police Records Detail Irsay's Arrest, Indicate He Failed Several Sobriety Tests
Colts Owner JIM IRSAY "had trouble standing, his speech was slurred and he admitted taking several medications but refused to voluntarily submit to a blood test after he was stopped by a Carmel police officer on March 16," according to police reports cited in a front-page piece by Tim Evans of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR. Police also "found $29,029 in cash -- most of it in a briefcase and laundry bag where police also found numerous bottles containing prescription drugs" -- in his silver Toyota Highlander. Irsay "agreed at the scene to take a portable breath test, though the result of that test was redacted" in records. The arresting officer indicated that Irsay "denied having consumed any alcohol." The officer said to a supervisor he "believed Irsay to be intoxicated on a substance other than alcohol." The officer noted Irsay's speech "was very slow and slurred and Irsay appeared to be disoriented." The officer stated, "I also observed that his eyes were red and watery. He also displayed poor manual dexterity." Records show that a search of his vehicle "turned up $14,516 in the briefcase, $2,513 in Irsay's wallet and $12,000 in one of two 'laundry' bags on the passenger's side floorboard." A Hamilton County (Ind.) prosecutor yesterday in a statement said that no formal charges "have yet been filed against Irsay and that an initial court hearing" set for yesterday had "been postponed indefinitely" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 3/27).