Updated: Wednesday, 19 March 2014 13:42 | By Agence France-Presse

Indianapolis Colts owner Irsay checks into rehab

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has entered drug rehab after he allegedly failed a sobriety test and was arrested for driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance.


Indianapolis Colts owner Irsay checks into rehab

File photo taken in March 2012 shows Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay in Indiana - by Joey Foley

The National Football League team issued a news release Tuesday night saying Irsay has checked into a drug rehabilitation facility. Police said they found several bottles of prescription drugs in the vehicle and that some of the drugs were not associated with the bottles found.

"[Monday], Jim Irsay took the first step toward regaining good health," the team said in the statement. "He voluntarily checked into a highly-respected health care facility and is committed to undergoing the treatment and care necessary to help him meet his challenges head-on.

"Jim, the Irsay family, and the Colts organization are all deeply appreciative of the incredible outpouring of support and compassion from our fans and the Indiana community."

Irsay was arrested in an Indianapolis suburb late Sunday night. Police said they pulled over a vehicle after noticing it driving at a slow rate of speed and failing to signal a turn. After undergoing several sobriety tests, the 54-year-old NFL owner was taken into custody.

Irsay was charged with four felony counts of possession of controlled substances.

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