More details from the Jim Irsay arrest emerged on Wednesday night, and they painted as disturbing a picture as most of us expected. For starters, the Indianapolis Colts owner seemed extremely intoxicated and failed a number of field sobriety tests. He was also reportedly in possession of a whole bunch of cash and a whole bunch of prescription pills.
According to police reports obtained by The Indianapolis Star, police found a total of $29,029 cash in a briefcase, Irsay’s wallet and one of two “laundry” bags that were on the passenger side floorboard of the car. Pills and pill bottles were also found in the briefcase and the bags.
The officer who initially pulled Irsay over said he witnessed him driving 10 mph in a 35 mph zone. Irsay also allegedly stopped his car completely in the middle of the road twice and turned without signaling. The officer said Irsay seemed disoriented and was exhibiting slow and slurred speech after being stopped.
“I asked him if he knew why I pulled him over,” the officer wrote in his report. “Irsay advised that he was trying to find his house and gets confused with what road it is located on.”
Irsay then allegedly had trouble with some basic alphabet sobriety tests and was asked to exit his vehicle. At that point, the officer had called for another patrol officer and a sergeant to join him at the scene. The report said officers “continuously had to support Irsay in order to prevent him from falling over” while administering a field sobriety test.
“Mr. Irsay about fell to the ground as he was stood up from the the police vehicle hood,” the sergeant wrote.
Irsay is obviously an incredibly wealthy man, but it is a red flag that he had so much cash on him in addition to several prescription medications. He’s lucky help didn’t come too late.