Former Detroit Pistons star Ben Wallace was arrested Tuesday for leaving the scene of a February car crash, and after pleading "no contest," he was sentenced to two days in jail.
CBS 6 in Richmond, Va., has the news:
According to the report from CBS 6, Wallace was originally given a jail sentence of one year. However, a Henrico County judge suspended all but two days of that sentence, which "Big Ben" began serving on Tuesday.
Ryan Nobles of NBC 12 provided a look at Wallace's mugshot:
Wallace, who received a year of probation in 2011 after drunken driving and gun-possession charges, crashed his SUV through a wooden fence on Feb. 8. According to reports, he then left the scene of the crime on foot.
“It was dark, but it’s clear from here I saw one person trying to fight to get out of the car,” said the fence's owner, Silverio Acosta, via CBS 6's Nick Dutton and Jake Burns.
Authorities later found an expired insurance card belonging to Wallace inside the vehicle, which led to him being charged.
Wallace, who went undrafted in 1996, eventually established himself as one of the most dominant defensive players and rebounders throughout his successful career. He is most known for his first stint with the Detroit Pistons, but he also spent time with the Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers before returning to Detroit to end his career.
Over 16 seasons, he averaged 5.7 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. He was a four-time All-Star, four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and won a title with the Pistons in 2004.
Wallace was one of the most respected, hard-working players during his time in the NBA, and it's unfortunate to see him get into trouble of this nature.
Hopefully he will be able to avoid any incidents like this in the future.
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