Colts Safety Joe Lefeged Facing Gun-Related Charges
By Eric Tucker
Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged was arrested after officers found an unregistered semi-automatic pistol gun in the car he was riding in, police said.
Lefeged was a passenger in a Chevrolet Camaro that fled a traffic stop for speeding in northeast Washington. Officers smelled marijuana in the car and found a container of vodka and orange juice in the center console and a semi-automatic pistol under the front passenger seat, police documents show. A receipt shows Lefeged bought the gun this year for about $900, police said.
Lefeged and another passenger were caught when they tried to run from the car in different directions, police said. The driver got away.
Court records show Lefeged has been charged with carrying an unlicensed pistol and was being held until a preliminary hearing.
“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.
Police say officers stopped the car for speeding and because one passenger, identified as 23-year-old Aaron Wilson, was standing upright in the backseat of the convertible. After police told the driver to put the car in park, the driver sped off, nearly striking the officers, the court records show.
Police say they recovered the car nearby and arrested Lefeged as he tried to run away. They found a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun “in plain view sticking out from underneath the front passenger seat.”
Lefeged, 25, grew up outside of Washington and was a star high school football player in the region. Now entering his third NFL season, he played college football at Rutgers and was signed by the Colts in July 2011 as an undrafted free agent.