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Irsay family: Colts owner seeks treatment following arrest on DWI, drug charges

Attorney James Voyles, center left, and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, center right, leave the Hamilton County Jail in Indianapolis, Monday, March 17, 2014. Irsay was released from jail Monday after being held overnight following a traffic stop in which police said he failed sobriety tests and had multiple prescription drugs inside his vehicle. Irsay was pulled over late Sunday after he was spotted driving slowly near his home in suburban Carmel, stopping in the roadway and failing to use a turn signal. (AP Photo/Alan Petersime)

Attorney James Voyles, center left, and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, center right, leave the Hamilton County Jail in Indianapolis, Monday, March 17, 2014. Irsay was released from jail Monday after being held overnight following a traffic stop in which police said he failed sobriety tests and had multiple prescription drugs inside his vehicle. Irsay was pulled over late Sunday after he was spotted driving slowly near his home in suburban Carmel, stopping in the roadway and failing to use a turn signal. (AP Photo/Alan Petersime)  (The Associated Press)

Jim Irsay's family says the Indianapolis Colts owner has placed himself in a treatment facility.

Irsay was arrested early Monday following a traffic stop in which police said he failed sobriety tests and had multiple prescription drugs inside his vehicle.

A three-sentence statement released Tuesday said Irsay on Monday had "voluntarily checked into a highly-respected health care facility and is committed to undergoing the treatment and care necessary to help him meet his challenges head-on."

The 54-year-old Irsay, who acknowledged a painkiller dependency more than a decade ago, faces preliminary charges of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Colts spokesman Avis Roper says the statement came from Irsay's family and he had no further information.