Former Colts player Robert Mathis arrested for OWI; BAC found to be below legal limit

Robert Mathis. (Hamilton County Jail Photo)

CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) — A former player for the Indianapolis Colts has found himself behind bars Tuesday morning.

Robert Mathis was arrested by the Carmel Police Department on a charge of operating while intoxicated: endangering a person.

The incident happened just after midnight Tuesday.

The 36-year-old Mathis was reported to have been driving on the wrong side of a median near Windemere Boulevard and Bishop Circle. A police report states that he failed to use a turn signal and almost hit a street sign.

Upon being pulled over, the arresting officer found Mathis to be in a state of confusion with slowed speech. Mathis went on to tell the officer that he had no idea where he was.

Mathis admitted that he had taken one shot of Cognac, but later told officials that he had taken two shots of Crown Royal. He also admitted to have taken a sleeping aid.

Carmel police confirmed that Mathis’ blood-alcohol count was .052 at the time of his arrest, which is lower than the legal threshold of .08. Police said that BAC is just one part of an OWI investigation and that other factors determined that he was unable to drive safely at the time.

Mathis was later booked into the Hamilton County Jail around 3:30 a.m.

Mathis is currently listed as a pass rush consultant on the Colts team website.

Colts Chief Operating Officer Pete Ward released a brief statement saying:

We are aware of the incident involving Robert Mathis last night. We are in the process of gathering more information and have no further comment at this time.

Colts fans weighed in on the arrest and seem to have mixed opinions.

“I hope all goes well with him. He did a lot for the city, so I just I want to see him succeed even after he is done and off the field,” said Colts fan, Raymond Mack. “He is human. Things happen. We don’t really know what was going on with it, so I don’t know, I just hope if he is going through a struggle that everything goes well for him.”

“If they’re getting in trouble off the field it is going to follow them on the field… and these Colts fans need to realize that. Hold them accountable off the field,” said Colts fan, Khyran DeLay.

“Hopefully he will learn from it and be held accountable, but don’t ruin his whole career for it,” said Gwen Samuel.

The Hamilton County Prosecutor’s office says no formal charges have been filed yet and the case is still under investigation.