Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged has been arrested on a weapons charge after police found a semi-automatic pistol in the car in which he was in Washington, D.C.
Lefeged was a front-seat passenger in a Chevy Camaro that fled a traffic stop for speeding in northeast Washington just after midnight on Saturday, according to The Associated Press. Officers smelled marijuana in the car and found a plastic bottle of vodka and orange juice in the center console and a semi-automatic pistol under the front passenger seat, police documents show.
A receipt and purchase paperwork showed Lefeged bought the gun this year for about $900, police said.
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Lefeged and another passenger were caught when they tried to run from the car in different directions, police said. The driver ran away and was not immediately caught.
Lefeged was being held without bond at D.C. jail on a weapons charge. He faces a preliminary court hearing Tuesday. A lawyer listed as representing him did not return a call seeking comment Saturday afternoon.
"We are aware of the reports regarding Joe Lefeged in Washington, D.C. At this time, we will have no further comment on the pending matter until we gain more information," the Colts said in a statement Saturday.
Police say officers stopped the car for speeding and because another passenger in the car was standing completely upright in the backseat. After police repeatedly told the driver to put the car in park, the driver sped off, nearly striking officers who had surrounded the white convertible, police said.
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Police say they recovered the car nearby and arrested Lefeged as he tried to run away.
Officers found a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun "in plain view sticking out from underneath the front passenger seat," as well as a clear, plastic container of alcohol, according to charging documents.
Prosecutors aren't pursuing charges against the other passenger, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office said.
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