Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Another Colts Player Found Drunk In Public And Arrested

The Colts season began with defensive lineman John Gill being found passed out in a ditch along Lafayette Road after a night of drinking. Now Colts punter Pat McAfee was found early this morning shirtless and drenching wet after taking a swim in the canal while intoxicated in Broad Ripple. WRTV has the details on McAfee's arrest following a 911 call from a startled female driver who said McAfee approached her car at 5:00 a.m. this morning:

Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee was arrested on a public intoxication charge early Wednesday morning after he had apparently swam in the canal near Broad Ripple and College avenues and approached a female driver at a red light, police said.

Indianapolis police said McAfee, 23, was shirtless and appeared to be drunk at the time of the arrest, which happened at about 5 a.m.
According to a police report, a woman called 911 after McAfee, who she described as appearing wet and cold, approached her car while she was stopped at a red light at College and Broad Ripple.

"There's this guy walking around without any shirt on, and he was standing right next to my car," the caller said. "He tried to (inaudible) inside my car, so I just went off. I think he's out of it."

The woman told police that McAfee wasn't wearing a shirt, but had jeans on.

"It looked like he was trying to get in my car, so I just kind of ran through the light," she said.

Police said McAfee told them he was not sure if he had been in the canal and that "it was raining." Skies were clear with a temperature in the low 40s at the time. There was no rain in the area.

McAfee then admitted that he was intoxicated, officers said, and told police that he was waiting on a friend to pick him up, but later told them he would call a cab, according to the police report.

Police said that McAfee wanted to walk home.

"I know I am drunk, but does that mean I cannot walk home?" police said McAfee told them before his arrest.

McAfee's blood-alcohol level tested 0.15 percent, police said.

Colts president Bill Polian issued a statement Wednesday morning.

“We are in the process of gathering the relevant facts. When that task is complete, we will deal immediately with the issue of club discipline," Polian said. "Until we complete that process, we will have no further comment.”

McAfee is in his second year with the Colts after a collegiate career at West Virginia, where he was a placekicker, punter and soccer player.
The Colts sent Gill off to rehab after his arrest for public intoxication because it was not the first time he had abused alcohol. WRTV has an online survey asking viewers what discipline should be taken against McAfee. So far, suspension is winning out over no discipline or being kicked off the team.

UPDATE: The Star has a list of 12 Colts players who have been arrested over the past 5 years. I missed the DUI case of defensive tackle Fili Moala earlier this month.

UPDATE II: The verdict is in. McAfee gets a one-game suspension.


Downtown Indy said...

I don't think he went swimming. I think he was walking home and missed the bridge when he made a left turn.

Anyone seen his shirt?

Marycatherine Barton said...

The millionaire examples for our youth, forced on us by our government.

Paul K. Ogden said...

I've never been real big on police making PI arrests. It tends to be a law that is rather arbitrarily enforced. The big thing is though, I'd much rather those drunks walk home than drive. PI arrests can actually encourage people to get behind a wheel to avoid being seen walking drunk.

I'd rather bust them for an act like public urination or disorderly conduct than simply being intoxicated in public.