Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged was arrested Friday night in Washington, D.C. on multiple gun-related offenses, the Indianapolis Star reports.
D.C. Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson Araz Alali indicated that Lefeged, 25, was traveling inside a vehicle with Aaron Timothy Wilson, 23, when police attempted to pull them over around 12:05 a.m. Saturday. Both men fled the scene and were arrested after the ensuing chase.
A source told CNN that an H&K .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun belonging to Lefeged was found in the car, and that police found plastic containers with orange juice and “an odor consistent with vodka.”
CNN also reports that the vehicle was a white Camaro that was being driven erratically, resulting in the initial traffic stop. Alali said the driver successfully fled the scene and has not been found. It hasn’t been confirmed whether there were additional passengers in the vehicle.
Both Lefeged and Wilson are being arraigned Saturday afternoon on numerous charges, including carrying a firearm without a license, possession of an unregistered firearm, possession of unregistered ammunition, presence of a firearm inside a motor vehicle and possession of an open container of alcohol, Alali said.
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Joe Lefeged is from Germantown, Md. According to NBC Washington, he attended Northwest High School and played college football at Rutgers before being signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2011. As NFL.com notes, Lefeged is due to earn $555,000 this season, which is the final year of his contract.
Indianapolis Colts spokesperson Avis Roper had no comment on the situation.
Lefeged’s arrest couldn’t have come at a worse time for the NFL. As previously reported, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested on Wednesday and charged with the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. Additionally, former Cleveland Browns rookie linebacker Ausar Walcott was arrested on Wednesday and charged with attempted murder, second-degree aggravated assault and third-degree endangering an injured victim.