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Auburn DB Stephen Roberts Arrested On Multiple Charges

On Wednesday night, Auburn defensive back Stephen Roberts was arrested on multiple charges, including attempting to elude an officer and possessing a firearm without a license.

According to the Stephen Roberts arrest report, the police arrested the Tigers player at 9:53 p.m. during a traffic stop at the intersection of Harmon Drive and E Veterans Blvd. in Auburn. The report also reveals that he allegedly had a handgun without a permit.

Auburn Police Capt. Lorenza Dorsey reported that Roberts was a passenger in the stopped vehicle and that he fled from officers on the scene during the traffic stop. Authorities took Roberts to the Lee County Detention Center and released him later that night. Both of his charges are Class A misdemeanors in Alabama and carry a penalty of no more than one year in jail and up to a $6,000 fine. Upon his departure from the detention center, Roberts had bonds of $1,000 on each charge. Roberts is due in court at 8 a.m. on Nov. 17. This morning, an Auburn spokesman gave an official statement and claimed that the Tigers football program is aware of the arrest. The program will determine proper disciplinary action after it analyzes all the facts.

The 5-foot-11, 183-pound junior appeared in all 13 games in 2015. He presumably will start at free safety for the Tigers this fall.

Stephen Roberts' arrest marks the fifth in the Auburn football program this offseason.

Prior to the latest arrest, police arrested four potentially starting Auburn players in April. Byron Cowart, Ryan Davis, Carlton Davis and Jeremiah Dinson were all arrested on April 30 with charges of marijuana possession. Their court appearance is Sept. 1.

Head coach Gus Malzahn previously made clear that none of the players will miss playing time. He has yet to make a decision regarding Roberts' situation.

Auburn opens its season on Sept. 3 against Clemson.