WASHINGTON — Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged was arrested early Saturday after officers found a semi-automatic pistol in the car he was riding in, police said.
Lefeged was a front-seat passenger in a Chevy Camaro that fled a traffic stop for speeding in northeast Washington 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 showed Lefeged bought the gun this year, 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 was not immediately caught.
Lefeged was being held without bond at D.C. jail on a weapon charge. He faces a preliminary court hearing Tuesday. A lawyer listed as representing him did not return a call seeking comment Saturday. The Colts declined comment.
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 convertible, police said.
Police said they recovered the car nearby and arrested Lefeged as he tried to run away.
SLAIN MAN MOURNED: In Boston, hundreds of relatives, friends and teammates wept together and hugged at the funeral of a semi-pro football player whose killing led to murder and weapons charges against former Patriots player Aaron Hernandez.
The body of Odin Lloyd was found June 17. Police arrested Hernandez on Wednesday and charged him with orchestrating the execution-style shooting. He pleaded not guilty.
Lloyd played for the Boston Bandits and was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee. Members of Lloyd’s team showed up for the funeral in their uniforms and chanted his name as pallbearers placed his casket in a hearse outside Church of the Holy Spirit in Boston’s Mattapan neighborhood. The crowd of mourners was so large that some could not find room inside the church for the two-hour service.