Coltsí Joe Lefeged arrested in D.C. on multiple gun charges
Lefeged, who grew up near Washington, D.C., was a front-seat passenger in a Chevy Camaro that was fled from the police during a traffic stop on the 4200 block of Blaine Street Northeast just minutes after midnight on Saturday, said D.C. police spokesman Araz Alali. Court records show officers smelled marijuana in the car and found a container of vodka as well as orange juice in the center consol. The police also found a semi-automatic pistol under the front passenger seat, with receipt and purchase paperwork from the car showing that the gun was brought by Lefeged earlier this year for about $900.
Lefeged and another passenger were arrested while they attempted to run away from the car in different directions, police said. However, driver of the Chevy Camaro managed to flee on foot and was not immediately caught.
Court records show that Lefeged was being held for various guns charges including: carrying a firearm without license, unregistered firearm, unregistered ammunition presence of a firearm in a motor vehicle – as well as a count for possession of an open container of alcohol. Lefeged was booked into a D.C. jail and is being held without bail. The 25-year-old Lefeged is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday. A lawyer listed as representing Lefeged could not be reached for comment on Saturday.
The Indianapolis Colts released the following statement on Joe Lefeged’s arrest:
"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.”
Police say officers initially stopped the car for speeding after spotting one of the passengers standing upright in the backseat of the convertible. After the police repeatedly told the driver to park the car, he sped off, nearly striking one of the officers who had surrounded the convertible.
The police gave a chase, recovered the car nearby and arrested Lefeged, who was trying to run away on foot. Meanwhile, the .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun was hid “in plain view sticking out from underneath the front passenger seat” of the car.
Lefeged is entering his third season with the Colts since being signed by the team as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He started five of 32 games over the past two seasons with the Colts. Last season, Lefeged started four games, amassing 31 tackles, and even started in the Colts’ playoff loss to the Ravens.