Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged was arrested early Saturday after officers found an unregistered semi-automatic pistol gun in the car he was riding in, police said.

Lefeged was a passenger in a Chevrolet Camaro that fled a traffic stop for speeding in northeast Washington just after midnight Saturday. Officers smelled marijuana in the car and found a container of vodka and orange juice in the center console and a semi-automatic pistol under the front passenger seat, police documents show. A receipt shows Lefeged bought the gun this year for about $900, police said.

Lefeged and another passenger were caught when they tried to run from the car in different directions, police said. The driver got away.

Court records show Lefeged has been charged with carrying an unlicensed pistol and was being held until a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

A lawyer listed as representing him did not return a call seeking comment Saturday afternoon.

“We are aware of the reports regarding Joe Lefeged in Washington, D.C. At this time, we will have no further comment on the pending matter until we gain more information,” the Colts said in a statement Saturday.

Police say officers stopped the car for speeding and because one passenger, identified as 23-year-old Aaron Wilson, was standing upright in the backseat of the convertible. After police told the driver to put the car in park, the driver sped off, nearly striking the officers, the court records show.

Police say they recovered the car nearby and arrested Lefeged as he tried to run away. They found a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun “in plain view sticking out from underneath the front passenger seat.”

Lefeged, 25, grew up outside of Washington. Now entering his third NFL season, he played college football at Rutgers and was signed by the Colts in July 2011 as an undrafted free agent. He started four games last season and recorded two tackles and a forced fumble in a playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Connecticut man charged

A Connecticut man implicated in NFL star Aaron Hernandez’s murder case is in custody in the Broward County Main Jail and was ordered held without bond Saturday during his first-appearance court hearing.

Ernest Wallace, 41, was charged with accessory after the fact to a murder that the former New England Patriots player is charged with committing.

Wallace, who was sought by Massachusetts State Police and was considered armed and dangerous, walked into the lobby of the Miramar Police Department on Friday afternoon and peacefully surrendered. He is the third suspect in the high-profile case.

His Boston-based attorney, David Meier, on Saturday would not discuss the relationship between Wallace and Hernandez nor the alleged role Wallace played in the June 17 murder of Odin Lloyd.

“It’s his intention to waive rendition proceedings and to return to Massachusetts,” Meier said. “He will be brought before a judge in Massachusetts and formally arraigned on the single charge.”

Wallace regularly visits his elderly parents and other relatives in Miramar, the attorney said.

Upon learning he had a warrant for his arrest, Wallace surrendered himself, Meier said.

Wallace was held in an interview room under guard by several officers Friday until he was later transferred to the Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale. He is expected to be extradited to Massachusetts at a later date.

Wallace is charged with being one of two men who were with Hernandez during the slaying of Lloyd. Police did not outline in detail how Wallace served as an accessory in the killing.

The other suspected accomplice, Carlos Ortiz, 27, was arrested in his home state of Connecticut on charges of being a fugitive from justice.

He was extradited to Massachusetts.