The account of Jim Irsay’s arrest has been obtained by the Indianapolis Star. The information is a bit troubling.
It paints the picture of a man desperate for help but unwilling to seek it out. Irsay has not yet been formally charged, but the initial hearing that was set for today has been postponed indefinitely.
Irsay had a bevy of prescription drugs that were not listed individually but were described as Schedule IV. Ambien, Xanax, and Darvocet are all included in this category. Irsay has stated before that he had an addiction to prescription pain killers, which could include Darvocet. Irsay wasn’t able to provide proof of prescription for any of the found substances at the time of his arrest.
Irsay was pulled over at 11:40 pm near Horseferry Road and Main Street. He was driving 10 mph in a 35 mph zone. The officer passed Irsay but noticed that he had stopped in the middle of the road. When the officer turned around to investigate, Irsay began driving slowly and then stopped in the middle of the road again.
Irsay then made a right hand turn onto Horseferry Road without signaling. That was apparently enough for the officer to initiate the stop. Irsay was only about five minutes away from his home.
Had Irsay been driving in Marion County, as opposed to Hamilton, he likely wouldn’t have been stopped. That isn’t to say that he shouldn’t have been pulled over knowing what we know now, but Carmel PD has a reputation for pulling drivers over at the slightest provocation.
The officer who pulled him over immediately believed him to be on some kind of substance and not alcohol. The result of the breathalyzer tests were redacted from the police report.
Most troubling is probably the $29,094 in cash that would found in the car. What kind of person carries this amount of cash around? Based on his net wealth, this would be like an average person carrying about five bucks.
One has to wonder what Irsay was planning to do with that much cash on hand. Also surprising was that Irsay, who’s worth $1.6 billion, was driving a Toyota Highlander.
This could very well be the beginning of the end for Irsay’s involvement with the Colts. Its hard to see how he comes back from all of this a second time and is able to truly be in charge of the team.
We have yet to hear from the NFL on what his punishment might be, but expect it to be harsh. I hope that Irsay can regain his health and live a long and happy life, but I don’t think he’ll be able to remain as involved with his team as he has been.
Hopefully Irsay’s daughters have his same business acumen and understand how to run the team with a soft touch.