WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged was released from jail Tuesday following his weekend arrest in Washington on a gun possession charge.
Lefeged was arrested after a traffic stop after police found a semi-automatic pistol in the car he was riding in. Police say they also smelled marijuana in the car and found an open bottle containing vodka in the center console. The car had been pulled over for speeding but then drove away. Police said Lefeged and another passenger were arrested after they tried to run from officers.
D.C. Superior Court Magistrate Judge Frederick Sullivan ordered Lefeged released on personal recognizance after a brief hearing in which the third-year pro appeared in an orange jail jumpsuit. The decision came against the recommendation of prosecutors, who wanted to keep him behind bars as the case continues.
“This is a case involving a traffic stop, indicia of drug use, flight from police, recovery of an open container,” said prosecutor Ben Schrader.
Lefeged’s lawyer, David Schertler, asked that his client be released, saying the Colts consider him “an exemplary citizen” during his time with the team.
Police say the Chevy Camaro convertible was pulled over in northeast Washington just after midnight Saturday for speeding and because a backseat passenger was standing upright in the back of the car. Police say the driver stopped but then drove away, nearly striking the officers who had surrounded the car. Lefeged and another passenger ran from the car but were caught, police say. Officers found an open container of alcohol and a semi-automatic pistol loaded with one round in the chamber and 12 in the clip, Schrader said in court. Paperwork in the car showed that Lefeged bought the gun for about $900 this year.
Lefeged was charged with carrying a licensed pistol outside the home.
The Colts issued a statement Saturday saying they were aware of the arrest but would not comment further until they could gather more facts.
Lefeged is a product of Northwest High School in Germantown.
He appeared in 16 games with 4 starts last season, recording 31 total tackles. As a rookie, Lefeged recorded 2 interceptions.
The 25-year-old is entering his third NFL season.
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