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Drunk Drivers Making News
Posted by Charles Esslinger on Mar 21st, 2014

Indianapolis Colts owner arrested on felony charges:

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is facing four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance after being arrested late Sunday night on suspicion of intoxicated driving.

According to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Irsay was stopped in the northern Indianapolis suburb of Carmel after police observed him driving at a slow rate of speed, stopping in a roadway, and failing to signal a turn. As police approached Irsay's vehicle to have him perform some field sobriety tests, it became clear that he was in no condition to drive. “During the course of the investigation, Irsay subsequently failed several roadside field sobriety tests,” Lt. Joe Bickel said in a press release.

As of now, it appears as though Irsay was intoxicated not by alcohol, but by medication. During a search of Irsay's vehicle, “multiple prescription drugs were discovered in pill bottles.” “These Schedule IV prescription drugs were not associated with any prescription bottles found in the vehicle.” Sadly, this isn't anything new for Irsay. Back in 2002, he publicly admitted to having an addiction to pain killers. However, at the time, Irsay said that he had successfully dealt with his “dependence and chronic pain issues.”

Apart from any legal consequences he may face, Irsay will also be subject to discipline from the NFL. The league's Personal Conduct Policy, which applies to players and owners alike, states that “all persons associated with the NFL are required to avoid 'conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the National Football League.” In 2010, Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand found himself in a similar situation. After he plead guilty to driving while impaired, Lewand was fined $100,000 and suspended from the league for 30 days. Irsay may face similar, if not tougher, sanctions.

Irsay, 54, became the owner of Colts in 1997 after the death of his father, Robert Irsay. Since 2010, he is the seventh Colts player or official to have been arrested.


Chris Pine caught drunk driving in New Zealand:

Chris Pine, who is perhaps best known for playing Captain Kirk in the rebooted “Stark Trek” films, plead guilty to charges of drunk driving this Monday in a New Zealand court. As punishment, the 33-year-old American had his New Zealand driver's license suspended for six months. He was also fined $93 New Zealand dollars ($79 American).

Police pulled Pine over on March 1 as he was leaving a wrap party to mark the end of filming for the movie “Z for Zachariah,” which is scheduled to be released next year. According to reports, Pine told police that he had consumed four vodka drinks while he was at the function. He was later found to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.11 percent, which is over New Zealand's legal limit of .08 percent.

During his hearing, Pine admitted that he made a bad choice when he decided to drive home that night. His lawyer, Marilyn Gilchrist, told the judge that as a result of his actions, her client had suffered both emotionally and professionally. Gilchrist went on to claim that the negative publicity surrounding the arrest put some of Pine's acting contracts in jeopardy.
Before he was pulled over by police, Pine and his girlfriend, Iris Bjork Johannesdottir, were at the Blue Pub in Methven. “The pub was closed to the public later in the evening and approximately 80 actors and crew attended the party, which finished at 3 a.m. March 1,” the bar said in a statement. “This was a well-controlled party, the cast and crew were friendly and it was a great night, not a wild party. Chris Pine did not appear to staff to be intoxicated to a level where intervention might have been warranted.”

In addition to his role as Capt. James T. Kirk, Pine has also played Jack Ryan in “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and Will Colson in “Unstoppable”.


Sources:

USA Today - http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2014/03/17/indianapolis-colts-owner-arrested-for-dwi/6515285/

The Huffington Post - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/16/chris-pine-drunken-driving_n_4976789.html