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Colts owner Jim Irsay arrested on DUI charges

Published On: Mar 17 2014 09:13:53 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 17 2014 02:27:15 PM CDT
Jim Irsay Colts owner arrested

Hamilton County Jail

INDIANAPOLIS (WXIN) -

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was arrested on DUI charges in Carmel after being pulled over Sunday night.

The arrest happened around 11:40 p.m. at 131st Street and Horseferry Road, according to the Hamilton County Jail officials.

He faces four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance and a preliminary misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated, according to ESPN.

Irsay, 54, was taken to the Hamilton County Jail with bond set at $22,500. He was released Monday afternoon, and his initial court appearance is March 26.

Irsay has a documented history of problems with prescription drugs.

In 2002, he admitted he had an addiction to painkillers that started in 1995 after rumors of a federal investigation swirled. He said several operations resulted in chronic pain and that he had sought treatment for his problems.

Irsay made the admission as the Colts were negotiating with then-Mayor Bart Peterson to keep the team in Indianapolis.

Local doctor Greg Chernoff was later investigated for prescribing excessive amounts of painkillers. He was accused of writing more than a hundred prescriptions for Irsay and was later sanctioned for writing unnecessary prescriptions. Irsay had gotten the pills from Nora Apothecary on the north side.

In 2002, after admitting his problems with painkillers, Irsay released the following statement:

"After several years of orthopedic operations and procedures, accompanied by long bouts of chronic pain, I became dependent on prescription pain medications. This summer I sought professional help at a nationally recognized facility located outside Indiana."

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