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Arizona judge sentences Diana Ross to 2 days in jail

Singer pleaded no contest to DUI
/ Source: Reuters

Motown star Diana Ross pleaded no contest Monday to driving under the influence of alcohol and was ordered by a Tucson, Arizona judge to spend two days in jail, her lawyer said.

Under an arrangement with the court, the 59-year-old singer entered the plea by telephone from New York and will likely serve her time at a jail near her home in Los Angeles County, attorney Stephen Paul Barnard said.

“I think she is very pleased to have this behind her,” Barnard said. “She was willing to accept a plea along these lines a long time ago.”

The 59-year-old performer, who rose to fame as a member of the Supremes during the 1960s, was stopped early in the morning of Dec. 30, 2002, by Tucson police who were responding to a call about a motorist driving the wrong way through traffic.

According to a police report, officers found Ross, her eyes watery and bloodshot, in front of a closed video store asking for directions back to a local resort. They said she had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath.

In May 2002, Ross checked into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Malibu, California, before the start of a summer tour. At the time, her publicist told reporters she needed to “clear up some personal issues.” Two months later, she abruptly canceled the tour after only a few shows.