Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee has been arrested on suspicion of public intoxication this morning after he reportedly took a predawn swim in the Central Canal in Broad Ripple.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police were called to the canal at Broad Ripple and College shortly before 5 a.m. after a report of a man swimming in the canal of the popular nightlife district, according to The Associated Press.
A 911 call was received about 4:45 a.m. this morning from a woman who said a wet, shirtless man tried to get into her car at a traffic signal at Broad Ripple Avenue, according to WTHR (Channel 13).
Police later found McAfee, 23, in the area, shirtless and soaking wet, and arrested the second-year Colts player at the corner of Broad Ripple and College avenues, IMPD spokesman Lt. Jeff Duhamell said.
McAfee admitted he had been drinking and asked police if he could walk home. Police say he smelled of alcohol, his eyes were watery and bloodshot and his speech slurred. He also told them his shirt was in the water.
Police say McAfee took a portable breathalyzer test and recorded a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 — nearly twice the level to be considered legally intoxicated.
Duhamell said McAfee might have been in the canal, which runs alongside Westfield Boulevard but no witnesses saw him in the water.
He said McAfee did not tell police he was a member of the Colts. They discovered it when they found his NFL identification after he was arrested.
“They took him in mostly for his own safety,” Duhamell said. “He was cooperative but cold. It was 43 degrees or something like that.”
McAfee was taken to the Adult Processing Center downtown. It was not immediately known whether he has posted bail.
The 6-1, 220-pound McAfee played his college ball at West Virginia. He was drafted by the Colts in the 7th round in 2009.
He has appeared in all five games for the Colts this season, as well as 16 games last year and the post-season.
This season, McAfee had six touchbacks on kickoffs during the Sept. 26 Denver game, a club record for the most in a single game. During the Oct. 3 Jacksonville game, McAfee had a career-long 66-yard punt.
During the 2009 season, McAfee’s 2,837 punt yards set a rookie franchise record, and his 64 punts ranked 2nd-most by a rookie in franchise history, according to Colts.com.