(AP/ABC7) - Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged will appear in a District of Columbia court Tuesday to face charges of carrying a pistol in the city after his early Saturday morning arrest.
Lefeged was a front-seat passenger in a Chevy Camaro that fled a traffic stop for speeding in the 4600 block of Central Avenue NE just after midnight. 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.
Lefeged and another passenger were caught when they tried to run from the car in different directions, police said. The driver ran away and has still not been located.
Lefeged continues to be held without bond at D.C. jail on a weapon charge. 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, 23-year-old Aaron Timothy Wilson, 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.
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 Wilson, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office said.
Authorities say Lefeged had Maryland State Police purchase paperwork for the pistol but was not authorized to carry the weapon in D.C., which has strict gun laws.
Lefeged grew up in Gaithersburg and attended Northwest High School. He went on to play college ball at Rutgers. He is entering his third NFL season.
Lefeged's arrest comes days after New England Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged with first-degree murder in an execution-style killing earlier this month. Hernandez was released by the Patriots after his arrest.
Police are also investigating whether Hernandez was involved in the drive-by killings of two men last year.
Ausar Walcott, a former rookie linebacker for the Cleveland Browns, also pleaded guilty this week to attempted murder and other charges in New Jersey.
Last year, former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself