Indianapolis Colts Safety Joe Lefeged Arrested on Gun-Related Charges

PHOTO: Joe Lefeged of Indianapolis Colts NFL headshotNFL via Getty Images
Joe Lefeged of the Indianapolis Colts poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged was arrested on gun-related charges after allegedly leading police on a brief chase in Washington D.C. early this morning, authorities said.

Lefeged, 25, was in a vehicle with two other men when police tried to stop the car at approximately 12:05 a.m. this morning, police said.

A brief chase ensued, resulting in the arrest of both the football player and another man, whom police identified as Aaron Timothy Wilson, 23, when police finally stopped the vehicle, authorities said.

Police allegedly found a registered .40 caliber pistol in the car, ABC Washington, D.C. affiliate WJLA-TV reported. While Lefeged's gun was registered, it wasn't registered in Washington, D.C., according to WJLA-TV.

Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department Officer Araz Alali told ABC News that neither Lefeged nor Wilson was driving the car when it fled from police.

Instead, a third unidentified man was driving. When the car finally stopped, "all three fled on foot," Alali said.

Authorities were searching for the third man today, but have not released a name or a description for the suspect.

When he was arraigned, Lefeged was ordered held without bail. His next court appearance was scheduled for July 2.

Both men face charges of carrying a firearm without a license, carrying an unregistered firearm, carrying unregistered ammunition, presence of a firearm in a motor vehicle, and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

Lefeged was signed to the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2011 after playing college football at Rutgers University, according to

The Indianapolis Colts issued a statement saying that the team was aware of the reports regarding Lefeged, but had no further comment "until we gain more information."