Diana Ross jailed for two days after drink-driving offence

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The Independent US

The former Supremes star Diana Ross has been sentenced to two days in prison after being convicted of drink-driving.

The singer will have to do her time before March 9 and complete at least 36 hours of alcohol abuse treatment, a judge ordered.

The 59-year-old Golden Globe winner contacted the Arizona court by telephone from New York to plead no contest to the charge.

Under the deal, two related charges were dropped.

She was also put on probation for a year and ordered to pay fines of more than £450.

Ross was arrested in Tuscon on December 30, 2002, after a driver called police to report a car driving on the wrong side of the road.

A breath test showed she had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.20% - well above the state limit of 0.08%.

Ross rose to stardom as lead singer of the Supremes during the 1960s, with 14 consecutive number one hits.

She was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as Billie Holiday in the 1972 Lady Sings the Blues and has had more than 70 hit singles.

She won Golden Globe and American Music awards and been a Grammy Award nominee at least nine times.

Ronald Beran, a deputy city attorney, said Ross' sentence was in line with the normal punishment for such an offence.

By pleading no contest Ross did not admit to committing the offence.

Her only comments after sentencing were to thank the judge.

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