Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace has been sentenced to one year of probation stemming from charges of driving while intoxicated and illegal possession of a firearm, according to the Detroit News. Wallace has also been ordered to 30 hours of community service and to pay a $2,700 fine, the News reports.
Wallace was arrested in the early morning hours on Sept. 24, by police after his car was seen driving erratically. He was pulled over and failed an initial breath test, according to the police report. Police reportedly noticed ammunition in the middle compartment of the front seat and subsequently found a handgun Wallace said was registered to his wife in a backpack in the back seat of the car, the police report states. Wallace said he grabbed the gun for protection during a long drive from Virginia back to Michigan and forgot the gun was in the backpack when he decided to go out for drinks with his friend that night. Wallace told police he had about four beers at the club before he was pulled over, according to police.