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Prosecution delays Irsay’s first hearing

– Prosecutors postponed an initial court appearance for Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay after his arrest on drug-related charges.

Irsay had been scheduled to go to court today after his March 16 arrest on preliminary charges of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance.

But the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office issued a statement Tuesday saying the hearing was postponed “unless or until” formal charges are filed against him.

Hamilton County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Andre Miksha said prosecutors are not bound by preliminary booking charges.

Prosecutors and Irsay’s family have said he is undergoing treatment at a facility outside of Indiana.

Irsay, 54, was arrested near his home in suburban Carmel after he was spotted driving slowly, stopping in the roadway and failing to use a turn signal. Police said Irsay failed several roadside field sobriety tests before he was arrested.

Police said they found multiple prescription drugs in his vehicle. The drugs were not associated with any of the pill bottles found inside.

Authorities would not say what drugs Irsay was allegedly caught with, but they were listed as Schedule IV drugs by the Drug Enforcement Administration. That type of drug includes Xanax and Ambien.

An NFL spokesman has said Irsay is subject to discipline but did not elaborate.

Irsay acknowledged in 2002 that he had become dependent on painkillers after several years of orthopedic operations but said he had overcome the problem.

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