Auburn defensive back Stephen Roberts was arrested Wednesday on two charges – attempting to elude an officer and for possessing a firearm without a license. He was booked and then released with each charge requiring a bond of $1,000.
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Both charges are Class A misdemeanors and carry a penalty of no more than one year in jail and up to a $6,000 fine.
“Coach (Gus) Malzahn is aware,” an Auburn spokesman said in a statement issued Friday morning. “He is gathering all the facts and will handle the situation appropriately.”
Roberts, a 5-foot-11, 183-pound junior, is projected as one of the key players in the Tigers’ secondary. He played in all 13 games last season and started the last four. Roberts was projected to be Auburn’s starting free safety but he also has been practicing at cornerback.
Roberts is the fifth Auburn football player to be arrested this off-season. Byron Cowart, Carlton Davis, Ryan Davis and Jeremiah Dinson are due in court Sept. 1 after being arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana during a traffic stop in late April.
Malzahn has said those four players, have been disciplined but will not lose playing time due to their arrest. They are all due in court Sept. 1.