Auburn football player arrested; accused of attempting to elude, possession of gun without permit

Auburn defensive back Stephen Roberts catches a punt during the first half of the spring A-Day game Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. (Julie Bennett/ jbennett@al.com)

Auburn defensive back Stephen Roberts catches a punt during the first half of the spring A-Day game Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. (Julie Bennett/ jbennett@al.com)

AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn defensive back Stephen Roberts was arrested late Wednesday night in Auburn, according to our news partner AL.com. He’s facing charges of attempting to elude an officer and possession a firearm without a license.

The Opelika native was later released from the Lee County Detention Center on bond. Each charge had a bond of $1,000. Each charge is a Class A misdemeanor, and carries a penalty of no more than one year in jail and a fin up to $6,000.

“Coach (Gus) Malzahn is aware,” an Auburn spokesman told AL.com in a statement Friday morning. “He is gathering all the facts and will handle the situation appropriately.”

Roberts was expected to start at free safety for the Tigers this fall. He appeared in all 13 games in 2015 and started the final four games of the season.

Roberts is the fifth Auburn football player to be arrested this off-season. Malzahn has said the other four players, none of whom have been available for interviews since their arrest, were disciplined but will not lose playing time due to their arrest.