Darrell Reid, 26, was arrested about 1:20 p.m. outside the Oxygen Lounge, 5603 E. 82nd St.
Indianapolis Metropolitan police said Reid grew verbally abusive when he was told he couldn’t enter the lounge.According to a police report, when Reid was told to leave the parking lot he said: “I don’t have to because I am a football player with the Indianapolis Colts.”
The officer responded: “I don’t care who you are. I am a police officer.”
The confrontation began after the owner of the lounge asked the IMPD officer working security to shut down admission because the bar was crowded to capacity. The officer was also asked to help divert traffic out of the parking lot. As he was doing so, Reid, driving a Dodge Charger with four passengers inside, tried to pull in.
Reid said he needed to go in the lounge and that he knew the owner. But the officer told him to come back in an hour when the bar had emptied out some. As Reid and the officer squabbled, Reid at one point put his car in reverse and almost caused an accident, according to the police report.
The officer said he asked Reid several times to leave before giving him a final warning. When he did, Reid, “started running off at the mouth,” according to the police report, and he was arrested.
Here's my favorite part of the Star report:
While Reid was placed into a Marion County sheriff’s transport van, his friends said they would drive his car home. But they returned 20 minutes later and tried to talk the deputy who drove the van into letting Reid go because “the news media might get wind of the info and it will lead to a bad image on the Colts player,” the report states.
Well, the media caught wind of Reid's arrest and it's just more of the same old, same old. These guys don't need another arrest to earn their bad image. They've already earned that. Reid, by the way, is an unrestricted agent making close to $1 million a year.
UPDATE: That didn't take long. WRTV is reporting that charges will not be filed against Reid because there is insufficient evidence. The club's owner, Ivan Duncan, describes Reid as a regular who was welcome at the club that night. "We know him, yes -- very nice guy," Duncan said. "It was a lack of communication. He's welcome to come here and park, and I think it was just lack of communication." It should be pointed out that the original Star report noted that an IMPD officer was working security for the club on the night of Reid's arrest, a situation which can create a conflict of interest for the police officer doubling as a public servant and a private security guard for a night club. It's hard to believe the off-duty police officer would not have understood the club owner's instructions regarding Reid. And it still doesn't excuse the behavior the police report described, including Reid cursing at the police officer and nearly striking another vehicle in the parking lot during the heated exchange.