Ex-Chicago Bulls just can't stay out of trouble in Michigan. Ben Wallace was arrested this weekend for a DUI in Bloomfield Hills. During the arrest, police also found a concealed weapon, and the former Bulls center will face felony weapons charges to go with his drunk driving charge.
Ironically, Judge Kimberly Small was assigned Big Ben's case, reports The Detroit News. You may remember Judge Small as the notorious judge who takes a hard line on first-time drunk drivers and who earlier this summer sentenced another former Bull, Jalen Rose, to a 93-day prison sentence. Still, the DUI charges may be the least of Wallace's worries.
Early Saturday morning, the 37-year-old Wallace, who is now back with the Detroit Pistons, was pulled over for erratically driving his Cadillac Escalade, reports the News. Wallace was given a Breathalyzer test and he reportedly tested above the legal limit of 0.08, though the exact reading was not disclosed by police. Police then searched his vehicle and found an unloaded pistol in Wallace's backpack.
For the DUI charge, Big Ben faces the same 93-day misdemeanor charge that Jalen Rose faced. More troubling, Wallace also faces a five-year felony charge for unlawful carrying of a concealed weapon, reports the News.
Wallace reportedly does not have a prior history of drunk driving. However, that may not stop Judge Small from sentencing him to the full 93-day penalty. But those 93 days for the Ben Wallace DUI may pale in comparison if the big man is convicted of a felony weapons charge.
- Find a Chicago DUI Attorney (FindLaw)
- Detroit Piston Ben Wallace faces drunken driving, weapons charges (Detroit Free Press)
- Michigan OWI Laws (FindLaw)