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Wallace of Pistons spared jail

Dec. 13, 2011 at 3:55 PM
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BLOOMFIELD, Mich., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace was spared a prison term Tuesday for drunken driving and possession of a handgun.

Oakland Circuit Judge Shalina Kumar fined Wallace $2,700, and sentenced him to a year on probation and 30 hours of community service, The Detroit News reported. He faced as much as five years in prison on the gun charge and three months in jail for DUI.

Wallace, 37, who lives in Bloomfield, Mich., was stopped by police officers there in September after they saw him driving erratically. He failed a Breathalyzer test and police found an unloaded semiautomatic in a box in the back seat that was registered to his wife.

Wallace did not contest the charges. He said he had forgotten about the gun, which he had put in the car for protection during a drive from Virginia the previous day.

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