Police: Ben Wallace Driving Drunk, Carrying Pistol In Car

DETROIT – Detroit Pistons star Ben Wallace, 37, was released to a family member after arraignment on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and carrying a concealed weapon.

The charges stem from an arrest at 3 a.m. Sept. 24 in Bloomfield Township, where police said he was stopped in a 2007 Cadillac Escalade on northbound

wallace ben mugshot Police: Ben Wallace Driving Drunk, Carrying Pistol In Car
Ben Wallace booking photo (credit: Bloomfield Twp. Police)

Telegraph and Long Lake for erratic driving. “A roadside investigation revealed that Wallace was operating his motor vehicle while intoxicated,” police said in a press release.

Wallace was arrested without incident and a search of his vehicle revealed an unloaded pistol in a backpack on the passenger seat, police said. The weapons charge is a five-year felony; OWI is a 93-day misdemeanor.

Could Wallace serve time? We asked WWJ Newsradio 950 Legal Analyist Charlie Langton.

“Generally speaking, first time offender drunk drivers don’t go to jail,” said Langton. “However, Ben Wallace is in this Bloomfield Township court where there is a reputation there amongst the judges that first time offenders do go to jail.”

Wallace was a member of the Pistons last season, and was a key member of the 2004 NBA champion Pistons team.

He’s due back in court on October 3.

  • Slam Drunk

    Michiganders are struggling to secure employment at small wages and salaries. They also pay the mega-million dollar packages of Detroit professional sports stars. These guys have it all playing a kid’s game and still can’t avoid getting arrested for drunk driving.

    Michigan needs to get smarter people playing its games

  • michiganhockey11

    And these are the players that want 55% of total team revenue?

    Spoiled and ungrateful. Period.

  • Novi Ron B

    Yawn-Do we really care anymore about these spoiled idiots?

  • Neil Carpenter

    What about the ridiculousness of a draconian law that does nothing to fight crime? All that laws like this really do, is trip up someone with extra charges. It has nothing do do with DUI, the gun had nothing to do with anything at all. Its not like it was loaded, or he was going to rob someone.

  • http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2011/10/03/ben-wallace-preparing-for-court-date/ Ben Wallace Preparing For Court Date « CBS Detroit

    […] weapons charges after a search of his SUV turned up an unloaded pistol in a backpack. All after Wallace’s Escalade was pulled over in Bloomfield Township for driving erractically on Telegraph near Long […]

  • http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2011/12/13/ben-wallace-set-to-be-sentenced-tuesday/ Ben Wallace Set To Be Sentenced Tuesday « CBS Detroit

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