Pistons’ Wallace arraigned on five-year felony gun charge
Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace was arrested on a felony gun charge over the weekend, police say.
September 29th, 2011
04:26 PM ET

Pistons’ Wallace arraigned on five-year felony gun charge

Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace was charged with a felony concealed weapon count, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison, after police pulled him over on suspicion of drunken driving over the weekend, police in Michigan said Thursday.

Wallace, a four-time NBA defensive player of the year, was driving erratically when a police officer stopped him about 3 a.m. Saturday in Bloomfield Township, police said. The officer arrested him on suspicion of operating the vehicle while intoxicated.

An unloaded pistol was found in a backpack in the vehicle, Bloomfield Township police said in a news release.

A breath test at the police station showed Wallace had a blood-alcohol content above .08%, the state’s legal limit for driving, police said. The police department declined Thursday to reveal the exact percentage.

Wallace, 37, was charged with unlawful carrying of a concealed weapon and a misdemeanor charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. The misdemeanor is punishable by a jail term of up to 93 days.

After he was arraigned, Wallace was released to a family member on a $5,000 bond, police said.

Wallace’s agent, Arn Tellem, was unavailable for comment Thursday, according to a representative at sports agency Wasserman Media Group.

The 6-foot-9 Wallace was one of the league’s top defenders during part of the last decade, and has pulled down more than 10,000 rebounds in his 15-year NBA career. The four-time all-star is in his second stint with the Pistons, with whom he won an NBA championship in 2004. He has also played for Washington, Orlando, Chicago and Cleveland.

He is in the final year of a two-year deal with Detroit. Wallace, whose numbers have declined in recent years – he averaged 6.5 rebounds and 2.9 points per game in 54 games last season - is considering retirement, but he has said he is leaning toward returning this coming season, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The scheduled November 1 start of the 2011-2012 NBA season is in doubt with the NBA locking out its players in a labor dispute.

Wallace told The Detroit News over the summer that after he finishes playing basketball, he wants to attend law school to help youths in trouble with the law.

He is scheduled to appear in court for a pre-exam conference Monday, police said.

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  1. dennis thompson

    what was worse the gun charge orthe drunk charge,seems like the bail was kind of low.

    September 29, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. ben wallace's afro

    I told him to hide it in me!

    September 29, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Cornell

    ben wallace's afro, im over here cracking the heck up

    September 29, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Wanda

    My question would be- where was the weapon in the car...? Ok we know in a back pack, under his seat, no- not enough room most likely, so if it's in the trunk, isn't that where it should be? No excuse for driving.... And consequences are to be held accountable fir that... Of course, finding a weapon in a vehicle – you have to be legal, but this article said unloaded.... A weapon & it's ammo should be in two different locations in a car, is what I've been told by law enforcement even moreso when a permit is not in place...

    I believe rhe weapon was not loaded for all the right reasons... I do no see a big deal on that... The DUI – another story though !

    September 29, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. banasy©

    @ben wallace's afro:
    LMAO! Just what I needed today. Thanks!

    September 29, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Tonia

    Well, an unlicensed weapon is against the law, whether it was loaded or not...but they're making it sound as if it was an AK or something! Plead it down and go on. If it weren't Ben Wallace, this wouldn't even be news. Sh!t like this happens all the time in Detroit.

    September 29, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. justathought

    I wasn't so concerned about a gun as the DUI. Personally I think DUI should be a felony. He being 'loaded' while driving was more dangerous than an unloaded concealed gun. And he wants to work with kids that are in troble, what does he want to teach them, how to load a gun? I believe that his sympathisers are probably guilty of the same offence whether they have ever been caught or not.

    September 29, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • hokahey

      His sympathisers are the sports fans who pay 10's of millions to watch him play a game. He is immune from our laws by his value to the game. What happened to Michael Vick?

      September 30, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. Rafael

    How about taking a cab ? I'm sure he can afford it. The gun might have been for his protection. Like most professional athletes, he's probably filthy rich

    October 1, 2011 at 1:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. chillipepper

    Seems like alot of Pro Athletes never grow up. Part of it is they never have had too.

    October 1, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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