(Ed Andrieski/Associated Press)

John Boyett is not a household name, but John Elway is. Maybe that’s why the now-former Broncos practice squad safety decided to drop Elway’s name after getting arrested and charged with third-degree assault, theft and harassment on Wednesday. Clearly, the ploy didn’t work, as the Broncos ultimately released him on Thursday in light of the string of strange, destructive things Boycott allegedly did to warrant his arrest. Per The Denver Post:

[P]olice say he drunkenly head-butted and punched a cab driver, stole a shovel from a construction site then tried to hide from officers by covering himself in mulch, court records show.

Boyett, 24, told arresting officers to “contact his boss John Elway” before repeatedly slamming his head into a patrol car window while yelling and spitting, records say.

And that’s not all. Before he disguised himself in mulch (seriously, what?), Boyett’s night was already off to a bad start. Per the Denver Post again:

Before his arrest, Boyett had been drinking at the Sports Book Bar & Grill [in Greenwood Village, Colo.], where a bartender and patrons said he was highly intoxicated and making threats, police say.

Police said Boyett tried to take food off another patron’s plate and was asked to leave when he became agitated, threatening to punch a bartender and refusing to pay his tab.

The Broncos, according to the Denver Post, are “disappointed.”

This isn’t Boyett’s first run-in with the law: Last year, when he was with the Indianapolis Colts, the 24-year-old was arrested and charged with disorderly public intoxication and resisting arrest. He tried the same tactic then, too.

“You can’t arrest me — I’m a Colts player,” Boyett repeatedly told the officers in September 2013, according an ESPN report.

Lesson: Don’t try to name-drop your way out of an arrest. It didn’t work then, and it most certainly did not work this time around.

Boyett’s wild Wednesday night didn’t affect the team, though. Led by quarterback Peyton Manning, the Broncos went on to trump the San Diego Chargers, 35-21.