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Colts safety Joe Lefeged was arrested on gun-related charges after a traffic stop in Washington, D.C., early Saturday.

Colts player arrested on gun charge

D.C. police say safety Lefeged and driver fled after traffic stop

– 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 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 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 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 said 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 white convertible, police said.

Police said 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 the other passenger, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

Authorities said 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, 25, grew up outside of Washington. Now entering his third NFL season, he was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent in July 2011.

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