Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay arrested on suspicion of DWI

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was arrested Sunday night on preliminary charges of driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance. 

The arrest took place in the northern Indianapolis suburb of Carmel, where Isray lives. Carmel police Lt. Joe Bickel said Monday no details from the arrest would be released at this time because information is still being gathered.

Irsay is being held at the Noblesville jail under $22,500 bond, according to Hamilton County Sheriff's Department Deputy Bryant Orem said.

[Updated at 1:35 p.m.: Soon after posting the $22,500 bond and being released from jail, Irsay tweeted a message to his supporters:

Deepest thx to family, friends, fans, colleagues for the messages of support, thoughts and prayers. Impossible to tell u how much this means

— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) March 17, 2014

Irsay faces a preliminary misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. If convicted on the felony charges, Irsay could face six months to three years in prison on each count]

A spokesperson for Irsay declined comment on the arrest early Monday.

Last October, during a late-night/early-morning rant on Twitter following the Colts' "Sunday Night Football" victory over Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, Irsay tweeted that he hadn't had a drink in more than 15 years.

Actually working, sorry naysayers...I don't drink...haven't in over 15 years..I know when your unhappy or jealous it's easy to b mean-spirited

— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) October 21, 2013

Irsay, who became owner of the Colts after the 1997 death of his father, Robert Irsay, admitted back in 2002 to having overcome a dependency on painkillers after undergoing treatment.


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