Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace, 37, has been arraigned on charges of operating under the influence and unlawful carrying of a concealed weapon. He could miss the entire 2011-2012 campaign and possibly more.
Wallace was pulled over by Bloomfield Twp police at approximately 3:00 AM last Saturday morning. He was driving in the area of Telegraph and Long Lake Road and doing so erratically, according to the police report.
Wallace was polite and cooperative, admitting that he had been drinking. He then failed a field sobriety test and was arrested on suspicion of OUI.
When officers searched Wallace’s Cadillac Escalade, they discovered a pistol inside a backpack in the passenger area. The weapon was not loaded, but a clip was found separately stowed in the backpack, and individual rounds were removed from the SUV’s console.
Wallace told police the gun belonged to his wife, and that he forgot about it when he returned to Michigan from his Virginia home.
A breathalyzer performed at the police station revealed Wallace’s blood alcohol content to be .14%, 0.06% above the legal limit.
OUI is a misdemeanor, but the weapons charge is a 5-year felony.
Pistons officials would not comment