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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay pleads guilty in drug case

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. -- Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated stemming from his arrest after a traffic stop in March.

Irsay appeared in a Hamilton County court in Noblesville on Tuesday for a change-of-plea hearing. The 55-year-old Irsay will be on probation for a year and will be required to submit to drug tests. His driver's license has been suspended for one year.

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He was arrested March 16 near his home in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel after police say he was spotted driving slowly, stopping in the roadway and failing to use a turn signal. Officers said he had trouble reciting the alphabet and failed field sobriety tests. Various prescription drugs were found in his vehicle.

With a plea agreement reached, the league can now discipline Irsay,'s Ryan Wilson reports. Media, players and fans will be watching closely to see how NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who has a history of coming down hard on players who run afoul of league rules, punishes the owner.

"He is seeking help and he's done that voluntarily," Goodell said in March, a week after Irsay's arrest. "Obviously any policies or laws that are broken, whether they are commissioner, player or coach, those are subject to discipline."

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