Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged was released on his own recognizance from a Washington D.C. jail Tuesday morning after spending the weekend in custody for a gun possession charge.
Prosecutors wanted him to remain in jail citing a traffic stop, possible drug use, fleeing the police and the recovery of an open container from the Chevy Camarao he was driving, according to the Associated Press.
The third year pro out of Rutgers was pulled over last Saturday night for speeding and Washington police noticed a passenger was standing up in the back of the car. The report said the car then drove away after being stopped and nearly hit the officers who surrounded the vehicle. Lefeged and the passenger then ran from the police but were subsequently caught. An open container of alcohol was found in the Camaro and police reported the smell of marijuana was emanating from the car. A semi-automatic pistol with one round in the chamber and another 12 in the clip was also recovered. According to the report, Lefeged purchased the car for about $900 this year.
Lefeged, who grew up in Maryland, signed with the Colts in 2011 after going undrafted. He played four games for Indianapolis last season. Because of the incident, Lefeged was charged with carrying a licensed pistol outside the home, according to the report.
Lefeged is one of 29 NFL players arrested since the Super Bowl. SI Wire: Alleged Aaron Hernandez accomplice waives extradition to Massachusetts