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October 20, 2010

Punter Arrested After Swimming While Intoxicated: Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee took a pre-dawn swim in a canal in an Indy nightlife district and was arrested for public intoxication (mugshot). When asked by a police officer how much he'd had to drink, McAfee responded, "A lot 'cause I am drunk."

posted by rcade to football at 11:34 AM - 18 comments

Nothing to see here, just a man in his early 20's getting drunk and acting like an idiot.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:03 AM on October 20

I wonder if Peyton will call out this kicker like he's done before?

posted by BornIcon at 11:12 AM on October 20

The poor chap. Back when he was doing his doctoral research at Oxford, he heard some of his classmates refer to "punting on the Thames".

He figured he had the first part covered. All that remained was to go find a nearby river.

posted by beaverboard at 12:26 PM on October 20

Apparently kicking in Indy is pretty stressful.

posted by yerfatma at 01:46 PM on October 20

I hate when people talk about twice the legal limit when they aren't talking about driving (as in the linked story). There is no legal drunkenness limit, and he said he was walking home.

posted by bperk at 02:00 PM on October 20

I hate when people talk about twice the legal limit when they aren't talking about driving (as in the linked story). There is no legal drunkenness limit, and he said he was walking home.

Agreed, bperk, but I knew a man who was busted for walking while intoxicated. Honest! Thing is, he was walking while rolling his bicycle, and that constituted operating a vehicle.

posted by Howard_T at 02:16 PM on October 20

Agreed, bperk, but I knew a man who was busted for walking while intoxicated. Honest! Thing is, he was walking while rolling his bicycle, and that constituted operating a vehicle.

Last year I was fortunate enough to watch someone attempting to ride a bicycle while intoxicated. They wobbled about five feet and then wiped out. By far one of the highlights of the night.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 02:38 PM on October 20

"When asked by a police officer how much he'd had to drink, McAfee responded, "A lot 'cause I am drunk.""

I'm guessing we won't need to call Columbo in on this one then?

posted by Mr Bismarck at 02:59 PM on October 20

Yes, I agree that the "double the legal imit" crap is nonsense when the guy isn't driving.

Hopefully, the judge throws the charges out.

posted by dviking at 03:00 PM on October 20

Officers asked McAfee if he had been swimming in the canal and he said "I am not sure."

Maybe he thought he was in a boat! Does driving an imaginary boat constitute DWI?

posted by graymatters at 03:28 PM on October 20

I've been watching people tweet @Pat1McAfee today with much amusement. Mostly falling in the "not a big deal" camp.

posted by DevilsAdvocate at 03:30 PM on October 20

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posted by tommytrump at 04:28 PM on October 20

In Indiana public intoxication is a misdemeanour punishable by up to $180 days in jail &/or a $1000 fine. There probably is some sort of 'legal limit' above which they can realistically charge the suspect, etc. As always Google is your friend if you're interested in the details.

Kind of like his style, myself. No property damage, emergency room visits, move on.

posted by deflated at 04:33 PM on October 20

There is no blood alcohol limit in the public intoxication statute, deflated. It's a judgment call based on acting the fool.

posted by bperk at 04:43 PM on October 20

If the PI statute were enforced to the letter, several people could be arrested in Broad Ripple every night (probably dozens on a Friday or Saturday). That McAfee was a) the subject of a 911 call, b) apparently swimming in the canal c) about two hours after bar closing time probably resulted in his arrest when many others aren't.

posted by DevilsAdvocate at 05:06 PM on October 20

beaverboard...only thing is..he forgot his "punting uniform"...

posted by wildbill1 at 06:44 PM on October 20

and..it was nigh time..and he was in a night life district...no harm no foul I say...

posted by wildbill1 at 06:49 PM on October 20

I'm still chuckling about this, but on further (I was going to say sober, but that's going too far) reflection, the police just might have arrested him to keep him alive. Maybe he decides to jump back into the water and passes out, hits his head, or something. Indy is looking for another punter if that had happened.

posted by Howard_T at 09:54 PM on October 20

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