Hearing set Monday for Colts’ owner Irsay

Colts owner, Jim Irsay, breaks his silence on May 20, 2014 for the first time since going into rehab following his arrest. (WISH Photo)
Colts owner, Jim Irsay, breaks his silence on May 20, 2014 for the first time since going into rehab following his arrest. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A pretrial conference in the case against Indianapolis Colts’ owner Jim Irsay is set for 1:45 p.m. Monday in a Hamilton County courtroom.

The hearing comes exactly one month before a bench trial will begin for the Indianapolis Colts’ owner, who was arrested this spring on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance.

It’s not clear if the Colts owner will attend today’s hearing, but Deputy Prosecutor Andre Miksha told News 18’s sister station WISH-TV last month, Irsay would not be required to attend hearings before his trial.

Irsay and his attorney waived his initial court appearance in June, acknowledging in a court record that Irsay understood his rights, would not break any laws and would not leave the state without the court’s permission.

The Colts’ owners had his license suspended and entered a treatment facility days after his March arrest in which officers reported finding pills and more than $29,000 in cash in Irsay’s car.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Carmel Police pulled Irsay over on March 16 near 131st and Horseferry Road after he came to a complete stop on 131st Street for no apparent reason. According to the court record, Irsay told officers he was having trouble finding his way home. Police reported finding multiple prescription drugs in pill bottles. Irsay failed sobriety tests and refused a blood test. After a court order was obtained, the blood test showed Irsay had hyrdrocodone and/or oxycodone in his system, the affidavit states.

Irsay has addressed the incident only a few times, taking to Twitter shortly after his arrest to thank fans for their support, writing: “Deepest thx to family, friends, fans, colleagues for the messages of support, thoughts and prayers. Impossible to tell u how much this means.”

Over the weekend, images of Irsay passing out $100 bills to fans at the Colts’ training camp appeared on social media.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has not yet announced his punishment for Irsay, who could face discipline as a result of the arrest.

News 18 will continue to follow this story and will have more from Hamilton County as information becomes available.

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