Colts owner Jim Irsay may have been under the influence of alcohol or other substances when driving on March 16, but he nevertheless had sufficient mental acuity to refuse to submit voluntarily to a blood test.
According to the Indianapolis Star, Irsay declined the request after an officer determined Irsay was driving erratically, going only 10 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone.
Per the report, Irsay’s speech was slurred, and he had trouble standing. In addition to pills that resulted in a quartet of felony charges, Irsay had in his possession more than $29,000 in cash, including $14,516 in a briefcase, $2,513 in his wallet, and $12,000 in a laundry bag on the floor of the passenger’s side of the vehicle.
The refusal to submit to blood testing triggers a mandatory one-year suspension of Irsay’s driver’s license. Irsay later was required via court order to submit to blood testing. He also voluntarily submitted to breath testing, but the results were redacted from the police report.
A court appearance scheduled for March 26 has been postponed in light of Irsay’s admission to a treatment facility. No formal charges have been filed to date against him.