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Colts owner waives initial hearing on drug charges

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FILE - In this July 18, 2012, file photo, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay talks about the plans for the City of Indianapolis to bid for the 2018 NFL Super Bowl during an announcement in Indianapolis. Irsay has been formally charged with two misdemeanor counts stemming from his arrest in March. Hamilton County (Indiana) prosecutors said Friday, May 23, 2014, that Irsay had been charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance or its metabolite in the body. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. >> Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay won’t have to appear in court Thursday for an initial hearing on the drug-related charges he faces.

The Indianapolis Star reports Irsay’s attorneys filed a motion Wednesday waiving his appearance on misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated and driving with a Schedule I or II controlled substance in his body.

The charges carry maximum penalties of 60 days in jail and $500 fines for each count. Hamilton County court documents say Irsay was driving under the influence of prescription painkillers.

The 54-year-old Irsay was arrested near his home in suburban Carmel after police say he was spotted driving slowly, stopping in the roadway and failing to use a turn signal. Police say he failed field sobriety tests.

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