March 28, 2014 in Sports

Police: Colts owner Jim Irsay had $29K in cash when arrested

Charles D. Wilson Associated Press
 

INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay had $29,000 in cash and bottles of prescription drugs in his vehicle when he was arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving, according to a police arrest report.

The cash was contained in Irsay’s briefcase, wallet and two laundry bags, the report said. The report said bottles containing pills of various colors were stored in the briefcase and in bags on the floor of the passenger side.

Irsay denied being drunk when he was arrested in suburban Carmel on March 16, although the 54-year-old billionaire was so disoriented that officers made him sit on the hood of a patrol car to keep him from falling, the report said. The arresting officer said he “believed Irsay to be intoxicated on a substance other than alcohol,” according to the report.

The arrest report listed a dozen pieces of evidence identified as prescription drugs, but did not describe them. Irsay told the officer that he had taken several prescription medications during the day.

The contents of the arrest report by Carmel police were first reported Thursday by The Indianapolis Star, which obtained the report through a public records request.

Earlier this week, prosecutors postponed an initial court appearance for Irsay “unless or until” formal charges are filed against him. Irsay was booked on preliminary charges of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance.

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