Colts punter arrested for public intoxication

Pat McAfee

Jeremy Brilliant/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - Metro Police arrested a Colts player for public intoxication at five o'clock in the morning after he apparently went for a swim in the Broad Ripple Canal.

Colts punter Pat McAfee, 23, was released from jail just before noon. He hustled to a waiting car outside the Arrestee Processing Center dressed in a hoodie, which was pulled up to hide his face.

Moments earlier his defense attorney Jim Voyles left the center carrying a bag of clothes, apparently still wet from McAfee's early morning dip in the Broad Ripple canal. The shirt he's wearing in the mugshot was provided by jail staff. His own shirt was nowhere to be found.

"They asked how he got wet and he said it's been raining - which it hadn't rained here in some time. Off and on, but it didn't rain last night. So they believe he was in the canal, which is right there where they located him," said Lt. Jeff Duhamell, IMPD.

Police asked McAfee if he had been swimming in the canal.

"I am not sure," he replied.

Police then asked, "How did you get wet?"

"It was raining," said McAfee.

"Where is your shirt?"

"It's in the water."

"How are you getting home?"

"I am waiting for a friend to come get me."

"Where is your friend?"

"I am getting a cab."

"Do you want me to call a cab?"

"I will walk home."

"You cannot walk home."

"Why can't I walk home?"

"You are drunk and it is not safe."

"I know I am drunk but does that mean I cannot walk home?"

"How much did you drink?"

"A lot 'cause I am drunk."

Police were called to the intersection at College and Broad Ripple Avenue around five o'clock Wednesday morning after a driver noticed a man walking in the street. She was concerned about what he was doing so she called 911.

"He's wearing jeans but he has no shirt on and he looks like he's freezing and it looked like he was trying to get in my car so I just kind of ran through the light to get away because I don't know what's wrong with him," she said.

Listen to the woman's 911 call.

McAfee's blood alcohol content registered .15, nearly twice the legal limit. Since he was by himself, officers arrested him for public intoxication - not because he was a threat to anyone else, but only to himself.

"We'd rather have someone incarcerated for their own safety than walk away and possibly get struck by a vehicle so at that point he did make the arrest," said Lt. Duhamell.

McAfee is charged with a Class B misdemeanor which carries up to a six-month jail sentence. But typically if the person has no criminal record, which McAfee does not, the charge is dropped. We'll find that out Friday morning when he goes to court.

Read the police report.

McAfee is the fourth Colts Player arrested for public intoxication this year.

In January 2010, wide receiver Taj Smith was arrested for driving under the influence. In August 2010, defensive tackle John Gill was arrested for public intoxication. On Sept. 3, defensive tackle Fili Moala was arrested for driving while intoxicated, public intoxication and speeding.

Colts president Bill Polian released this statement to Eyewitness News:

"After verifying the relevant facts, we today have suspended Pat McAfee for one game for conduct detrimental to the club. The suspension will take effect on Monday, October 25 and will run through the Houston game on Monday, November 1. We will have no further comment at this time."