Irsay plea deal expected Tuesday

A plea hearing has been scheduled in Hamilton County Superior Court for the Colts owner, who faces two misdemeanor charges of impaired driving.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay’s timetable for settling his legal troubles has moved up to Tuesday, when a plea agreement on his impaired driving case is expected to be heard in Hamilton Superior Court, The Indianapolis Star reported Friday.

Hamilton County prosecutor spokesman Andre Miksha told The Star, “I can confirm that Mr. Irsay’s case has been set for a change of plea hearing on Tuesday, September 2 at 11 a.m. in Hamilton Superior Court IV. I cannot provide any details of — or even verify the existence of — an agreement unless and until one would be tendered to the court at such a hearing.”

Irsay was scheduled to stand trial Oct. 30 on two misdemeanor counts of impaired driving stemming from a March arrest by Carmel police.

Irsay, 55, could face as much as 60 days in jail and a $500 fine on each charge. He was stopped just before midnight March 16 and prosecutors have said he had “oxycodone and/or hydrocodone” in his system. Police records obtained by The Star reported officers “continuously had to support Irsay in order to prevent him from falling over.”

Irsay is expected to be disciplined for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. That NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has yet to act has been the subject of intense media scrutiny because several players, including suspended and since-released Colts wide receiver LaVon Brazill, have been punished for transgressions. Goodell is expected to suspend Irsay and issue a hefty fine.

The Colts owner has admitted since his arrest to having an addiction to pain medication due to chronic orthopedic issues. He underwent hip replacement surgery last year, and voluntarily checked into a rehabilitation facility after his arrest.

An active Twitter participant with more than 277,000 followers, Irsay tweeted on March 17th: “Deepest thx to family, friends, fans, colleagues for the messages of support, thoughts and prayers. Impossible to tell u how much this means.”

The son of the late Robert Irsay took over ownership after his father’s death in 1997. At the time 37, Jim Irsay became the NFL’s youngest team owner.

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