Colts owner Irsay's court hearing delayed

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Prosecutors postponed an initial court appearance for Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay following his arrest on drug-related charges.

Irsay had been scheduled to go to court Wednesday following his March 16 arrest on preliminary charges of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. But the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office issued a statement Tuesday saying the hearing was postponed "unless or until" formal charges are filed against him.

Hamilton County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Andre Miksha said prosecutors are not bound by preliminary booking charges.

Prosecutors and Irsay's family say he is undergoing treatment at a facility outside of Indiana.

Irsay, 54, was arrested near his home in suburban Carmel after he was spotted driving slowly, stopping in the roadway and failing to use a turn signal. Police said Irsay failed several roadside field sobriety tests before he was arrested.

Police said they found multiple prescription drugs in his vehicle. The drugs were not associated with any of the pill bottles found inside, and police said some were not in bottles.

Authorities would not say what drugs Irsay was allegedly caught with, but they were listed as Schedule IV drugs by the Drug Enforcement Administration. That type of drug, which includes Xanax, Darvocet and Ambien, has a low risk for abuse or dependency, according to the DEA.

An NFL spokesman has said Irsay is subject to discipline, but did not elaborate.

Irsay acknowledged in 2002 that he had become dependent on painkillers after several years of orthopedic operations but said he had overcome the problem after undergoing treatment.

Irsay became the Colts owner in 1997 after the death of his father, Robert Irsay, and a lengthy legal battle with his father's second wife. Forbes magazine has estimated Irsay's net worth at $1.6 billion.

Irsay made headlines in 2001 by buying the handwritten scroll manuscript of Jack Kerouac's novel "On the Road" for $2.43 million and sending it on a nationwide tour.


  • Jim
    Jim Now that is the truth and well said. I bet if John would have been the attorney for Mikey all would have gone perfect !! That would have been a day in court made for TV !!
  • Thanks Sad
    As someone who works for the courts in another county, Sad is correct, and no one else on this page has much of a clue about procedure...and Mr. Irsay has been treated differently, and so far, not in a positive way for him...as for Mikey and your weed, I didn't see you on the news over and over when you were arrested, you weren't subject to a daily review of your screw up and endless speculation of what you might be charged with because nobody cares about you being arrested like they do Mr. Irsay, and if you were mistreated and shafted by the "system", you have options, but I am sure you would rather portray yourself as a victim of a corrupt system, because that is just easier than owning that what you did was against the law...maybe it shouldn't be but it is, go to Colorado or Washington if you want to walk around with your weed...As for Sonia's and her successor's reputation, maybe it's true, but it is not accompanied by any facts, so it is speculation that the system is rigged and the reputation is such at best, Larry...and to John, yes please file on behalf of your clients if Mr. Irsay gets a pass, since Mikey and Larry say it's rigged over there you have no chance winning...by the way, I think I hear an ambulance John...As for Mr. Irsay, he does have an advantage in that he can afford to hire the best counsel, and get the best advice...that is and always has been true, the wealthy have an advantage there, not everyone can hire Voyles, some folks have to hire John...if you want to call the system rigged because of that, then so be it, but that is as much a commentary on John and Voyles as it is on Irsay...Mr. Irsay is an addict pure and simple...he needs help or he's going to die an addict...I am not suggesting you have to have sympathy for him, and most of you clearly don't...simply saying that you can have $1.9 billion and it still doesn't change that fact that he's an addict, and addicts do stupid stuff...no excuses, he has to fix it...There are addicts everywhere...they pass by you every day in your car, on the street...prescription meds are an epidemic in our society...Mr. Irsay gets to be the poster child for it, and that comes with the territory...for those who disparage him, let he who is completely clean, who never ever drove impaired or ever did something stupid that was against the law throw the first stone...the silence is deafening...
    • Straight BS
      John you are hysterical !!
    • Bad Information abounds
      Donna, Kevin is correct on a small part of his statement preliminary charges are filed with no commitment that those are the charges that will be finally be charged. They are preliminary !!! as they are in all jurisdictions in Indiana. Formal charges are filed later after the Prosecutor has a chance to review the police report and evidence available. Mr. Irsay, as with all persons suspected of violating the law, has a preliminary charge of OWI and he is suspected of violating the law with regard to possession of prescription drugs. In the near future, after due diligence proper charges will be filed. Yes Mr Irsay was treated differently already ...... the video of him entering the jail facility was released to everyone, just like they do with ALL people suspected of violating the law, you know just like you see ALL the people on the news being escorted into the jail every night. We do still live in the good old USA and even rich people are innocent until proven guilty or until people with nothing better to do and no law degree find them guilty in the news and in comments like these when they have NO clue what is really going on. Like Mikey above the Jail House lawyer !!
      • Straight BS
        Hamilton County is a joke. between the justice system and the prosecutors they go for the juggler. They treat everybody like criminals unless they have money. Judge Campbell and especially Judge Nation treat people like sh--. I will file lawsuits on behalf of my clients if this action is dismissed.
        • Hamilton Co. is a joke
          the system up in Hamilton Co. is a freakin' joke at best! if you have money, they won't charge you with anything, if you don't...well, good luck. I got popped a few years back w/ .4 grams of pot (a very small amount), and was treated in the courts like I was a hardened criminal. I had a boss who is a millionaire who I know got 2 DUIs and never had any charges pressed......oh but you need to realize I saw him donate two checks for $20k each towards Sonia's election committee. just saying
        • Hamilton County Prosecutor
          As someone who has worked in the criminal justice field, the Hamilton County Prosecutor's office had a very poor reputation under Sonia Leerkamp and it hasn't gotten any better under her successor. If you have money and/or power in Hamilton County it's a good chance you aren't going to be prosecuted. That's the way it is up there.
        • Money Talks
          Donna, most people have charges filed before leaving jail, but not everyone who gets an OWI is a billionaire. If you squint real hard, you can see how the prosecutors will distort the truth.
          • Huh?
            Why haven't charges been filed? Anyone else who has been arrested for a dwi has charges filed right away.

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