Nov 26, 2011; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks free safety John Boyett (20) against the Oregon State Beavers during the first half at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Z. Rider-USA TODAY Sports

Former Oregon Duck John Boyett Arrested In Indianapolis After Altercation With Police

The NFL season has yet to begin and for one former Oregon player it may not begin for quite a while.

John Boyett, now member of the  Indianapolis Colts (chosen in the 6th Round in the 2013 NFL Draft) and a Standout Player in the 2012 Rose Bowl vs Wisconsin was arrested early Monday after trying to run from police according to

Sept 24, 2011; Tucson, AZ, USA; Oregon Ducks safety John Boyett (20) attempts to gain control of a pass intended for Arizona Wildcats wide receiver Gino Crump (not pictured) in the first quarter of a game at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Morrison-USA TODAY Sports

According to the Associated Press the police report said Boyett was upset because he was not allowed into a Downtown Indianapolis bar because he had too much to drink. When police attempted to arrest the 23 year old former Duck, he ran. After he was caught he argued with police saying he couldn’t be arrested because ‘he was a Colts Player’.

CBS Sports is reporting that Boyett ‘stiff armed’ a police officer in the altercation. He also appeared very abusive and threatened to break an officers jaw and it took four officers to arrest him.

The Indianapolis Star provides a solid account of what happened on Monday Night:

The incident began when an employee from Tiki Bob’s bar approached a uniformed police officer working in the 200 block of South Meridian Street at about 2:45 a.m. The worker reported a man was refusing to leave after being denied entry because he was “too intoxicated.” The report said Boyett “cussed at patrons of the bar and people on the sidewalk.”

By the time the officer returned to the bar with the employee, Boyett was gone. But a few minutes later, Boyett reportedly returned to the bar and was approached by the police officer.

When the officer attempted to place Boyett under arrest, the report said, he pulled away and threw a “stiff arm” at the officer. Boyett then ran northbound along Meridian Street. The report said Boyett continued fleeing, running onto Georgia Street and then through two alleys before he was caught. says he has not practiced yet in the NFL because of injuries to both knees. Boyett played on one game for the Ducks last season before opting for season ending surgery.  He is now on the non-football injury list and not eligible to play until at least Week 6 of this season. Boyett was arrested and preliminary charged with disorderly conduct, public intoxication and resisting law enforcement.

Update: 7:45am – Boyett was released from the Colts on Monday Morning according to NFL Sources.

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