Ben Wallace Arrested for a DUI

by | Sep 29, 2011 | 10 comments


Ben Wallace Arrested for Driving Under the Influence
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Photo Courtesy of The Detroit Free Press

You would hope any news on the NBA right now would be something promising, but not today.

Ben Wallace was arrested for Driving under the influence in Bloomfield Hills Michigan Saturday night at 3am after an officer spotted his car driving erratically. To top things off…Ben had a (thankfully unloaded) gun.

To make things even worse for Wallace, the case was assigned to the same judge that sentenced Jalen Rose to 20 days in jail for his DUI.

Via The Detroit Free Press

Detroit Piston Ben Wallace is facing a 5-year felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon after police found an unloaded pistol in a backpack in his car as they arrested him on suspicion of drunken driving early Saturday in Bloomfield Township.

Wallace, 37, of Bloomfield Hills was in a 2007 Cadillac Escalade at 3 a.m. Saturday when an officer spotted the SUV driving erratically northbound on Telegraph Road at Long Lake Road.

Wallace told investigators the gun was his wife’s, registered in her name and he does not have a concealed weapons permit, according to the Bloomfield Township Police report released today.

Wallace said he threw it in a backpack on the rear passenger seat “because he wanted protection as he drove,” from his home in Virginia to metro Detroit on Friday, according to the report. Investigators found a magazine full of bullets for the .28-caliber FNH semiautomatic pistol in the backpack, too, according to the report.

Wallace said he forgot the gun was in the car as he and a friend visited a place called “Club 21” earlier in the night, not specifying the location of the club. After failing a field sobriety test, he told the officers he drank four beers at the club in the previous two hours. Bloomfield Hills Capt. Scott McCanham said reports that Wallace registered a .14% blood-alcohol level on a police breath test were “accurate.”

Wallace is expected to appear Oct. 3 for a pre-examination conference in 48th District Court in Bloomfield Township, according to police. Arraigned on Saturday via video from the Bloomfield Township Police Department, he faces a 93-day misdemeanor charge of drunken driving and a 5-year felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

Magistrate Judith Holtz gave Wallace a $5,000 personal bond, and he was released to a family member at about noon after his arraignment, McCanham said.

Bloomfield Township Police records clerk Shawn Gardner said today the department is not yet releasing video of Wallace’s arrest because the case is pending.

Wallace’s drunken-driving case has been assigned to District Court Judge Kimberly Small, whose tough stance on drunken drivers — including first-time offenders — has garnered national media attention.

Small was the sentencing judge for Jalen Rose, the former NBA star and current ESPN analyst who received 20 days in jail but was released after serving 16 days last month.


  1. Sugel

    ……………..Bloomfield Township police released Ben Wallaces mug shot on Thursday following his arrest over the weekend. WJBK ….Ben Wallace faces drunk driving and weapons charges following his arrest Saturday in Bloomfield Twp.

  2. Evil Eric

    Judge Kimberly Small is a menace, who fails to enforce state law, instead she grandstands and abuses her power.

    This bitch is out of control and the voters of Oakland County need to banish this beast.

  3. Jan Scholl

    My daughter used to work for Madame Small. There are not words printable here for that experience. Ben has to man up and take the punishment no matter who the judge is. Because he is an adult and made some really stupid choices. Life goes on, thankfully.

    • Natalie Sitto

      I had a friend who had to go up against her…no mercy. Never heard a nice thing said about her. When you’re attorney says is worried, you should be too.

      Not saying Ben shouldn’t pay for a stupid mistake that could have cost lives, but Small is going to throw the book at him.

      Good Luck Ben…

  4. Lisa

    she sentenced me may 18th to 93 days for a first time ever dui, and im 39, never been in trouble a day in my life, i was in from may 18th to july 31st, did 74 days total, because I got 18 days good time, no one could believe I went to jail when my husband told everyone, nice thing though is no probation or anything, but it sucked royally!

  5. edt

    The problem is Wallace had his gun in a backpack not locked in the trunk, where it is supposed to be, otherwise, this would be a simple DUI. There’s a reason for these lyrics

    Flipped his ass off put it to the floor
    Bottle was empty so I went to the store
    Nigga on tip cause I was drunk
    See a sissy ass punk had to go in my trunk
    Reached inside cause it’s like that
    Came back out with a silver gat
    Fired at the punk and it was all because
    I had to show the nigger what time it was

    . . . and that reason is you keep a gun on the seat next to you, chances are you are doing some jail time.

  6. daddy

    heard ben wanted to be a lawyer after basketball at least he get learn the ropes a bit earlier than expected.

  7. The Fluidics

    I hope she does throw the book at him. It’s not about basketball, it’s about drunk driving.

  8. Trav

    She can try and throw the book at him. But knowing Big Ben, he’ll just block the Shiz out of that book!

  9. greg

    I read Big Ben’s response. The gun was his wife’s, and he was taking it home in the backpack for her. The details are murky- so this doesn’t make sense- but I think he said something like, he didn’t realize beforehand he was going to have to drive home, otherwise he wouldn’t have had extra drinks.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  • Rasheed Wallace
  • Greg Monroe
  • Andre Drummond
  • Josh Smith
  • Brandon Jennings
  • Caron Butler
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
  • Jodie Meeks
  • D.J. Augustin
  • Gigi Datome
  • Spencer Dinwiddie
  • Jonas Jerebko
  • Kyle Singler
  • Tony Mitchell
  • Stan Van Gundy
  • Arnie Kander
  • Mike Abdenour
  • Tom Gores
  • Greg Kelser
  • George Blaha
  • John Mason

Pistons Past

  • Chauncey Billups
  • Rodney Stuckey
  • Brandon Knight
  • Tayshaun Prince
  • Richard Hamilton
  • Jason Maxiell
  • Tracy McGrady
  • Will Bynum
  • Austin Daye
  • Chris Wilcox
  • Dajuan Summers
  • Peyton Siva
  • Kim English
  • Terrico White
  • Josh Harrellson
  • Charlie Villanueva
  • Vernon Macklin
  • Viacheslav Kravtsov
  • Ben Gordon
  • Ben Wallace
  • Isiah Thomas
  • Maurice Cheeks
  • Lawrence Frank
  • John Kuester
  • Chuck Daly
  • Bill Laimbeer
  • Joe Dumars