Piston Ben Wallace Pleads Guilty In Alcohol Case

Wallace Arrested Sept. 24 On Suspicion Of Drunken Driving

Published On: Nov 02 2011 09:16:09 AM EDT   Updated On: Nov 01 2011 09:24:43 AM EDT
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -

Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and possessing a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.

Wallace entered the plea Tuesday in Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac. Sentencing is Dec. 13. He faces a maximum penalty of 93 days in jail.

According to a police report, a Bloomfield Township police officer stopped Wallace's Cadillac Escalade at about 3 a.m. on Sept. 24 in the area of Telegraph and Long Lake roads for erratic driving.

According to the report, Wallace told police he had been out at a club with friends and "had about four beers in the previous two hours."

Wallace was given a breathalyzer test and police said the results were over the Michigan legal limit of 0.08 percent at 0.14 percent.

Police said a search of his vehicle revealed an unloaded handgun in a backpack, and that Wallace didn't have a permit for it. Police said the gun is registered to a family member.

According to the police report, Wallace told police the gun was his wife's, and that he had forgotten it was in the car.