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Jim Irsay’s Lincense Suspended for One Year

June 7th, 2014 at 2:28 PM
By Daniel Melin

Jim Irsay has now had his license suspended for refusing a blood test on the night of his arrest. Irsay wall pulled over March 16th for driving erratically in Carmel, Indiana, and was found to be intoxicated. In his possession were prescription drugs and $29,000 in cash.

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Irsay first drew attention from the police by driving his Toyota Highlander 10 mph in a 35 mph zone. His car then came to an abrupt stop in the middle of the road, the made a right-hand turn with no signal. It was then the police stopped him. His speech was slurred, which prompted the officer to ask him to recite the alphabet, which he initially could not do.

After being asked to step out of the vehicle, he was reported as having trouble standing, and failed a field sobriety test. He agreed to a breathalyzer, and was then taken to the Hamilton county jail.

At the jail, police asked Irsay to take a blood test, which he then refused. Under Indiana law, this results in a mandatory one-year suspension of the perpetrator's license. After a warrant was received, he then had his blood drawn and tested anyway.

Irsay will face two misdemeanor accounts of impaired driving in his initial hearing on June 19th. 

This is not the first time Irsay has struggled with prescription medicine abuse. In 2002 he went into rehab to fix his ongoing addiction. 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has yet to weigh in on the matter, but it is suspected he will also discipline Irsay. It is not known what his punishment may entail, or when it will be enacted.

Tags: Football, Indianapolis, Indianapolis Colts, Jim Irsay, NFL, Roger Goodell

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