AUBURN, Ala. (WRBL) – Auburn University football player T.J. Finley has made bond after being in custody at the Lee County Detention Facility on a charge of Attempt to Elude with the Auburn Police Department. According to Detention records Finley was in custody as of Thursday, August 4.
Late Thursday afternoon Auburn police released details on the case stating the arrest stems from Auburn Police attempting to perform traffic stops of a male operating a motorcycle, on two separate occasions near the area of Heisman Drive and South Donahue drive on July 26, 2022. Police say the male, who was not wearing a helmet, fled from police and committed several other traffic offenses in the process. Officers terminated the pursuit on both occasions as a matter of safety. Finley was identified as the person operating the motorcycle and an arrest warrant was obtained. On Aug. 4, 2022 Finley turned himself in and was arrested in obedience to the warrant at the Lee County Jail. He was also issued traffic citations. Finley was booked in and made eligible for a $3000 bond.
Lee County attorney Davis Whittelsey is representing T.J. Finley, in the misdemeanor arrest. Whittlesey confirms the traffic violations occurred while Finley was riding his scooter without a helmet.
“The charges pending against my client, T.J Finley, are the result of traffic violations and a misunderstanding. The charges are in the process of being handled in Municipal Court within the City of Auburn as all traffic citations are. As soon as T.J. learned of the charges, he turned himself in and has been released on a bond he signed for himself. His first day of football camp with Auburn University has been a success,” said Whittelsey.
According to his attorney Finley did attend the team’s first practice on Thursday after making bond.
WRBL has reached out to Auburn Police for a comment on the case and the circumstances surrounding the arrest. Attempt to Elude is a misdemeanor.
WRBL has also reached out to an Auburn University Athletics spokesperson who says they are aware of the arrest. We will share a statement from AU when one is released.
Finely’s arrest comes just days after the Auburn Tiger made history as the first college football player to ink a NIL deal with Amazon selling shirts, sweatshirts, phone cases, and other merchandise from his product line. Finley announced the Amazon partnership on his social media last week.
Finley began his college football career at LSU in 2020. In 2021, Finley transferred to Auburn. Auburn has yet to name a starting quarterback for the 2022 season.