Monday 30th December 2002
Diana Ross was arrested for drink driving by the Arizona highway patrol. The 58-year-old performer was pulled over by police in Tucson, Arizona after a motorist reported seeing a white Honda Accord driving erratically the wrong way down a road in the early hours of the morning.The star failed a “field sobriety test” which included walking in a straight line and touching the tip of her nose. When asked to stand on one leg she fell over, according to the officers. She was also unable to recite the alphabet or give the correct time and date. A breath-test taken on the roadside revealed Ms Ross had a blood alcohol level of 0.20% – more than twice Arizona’s legal limit of 0.08%. Diana Ross was sentenced to two days in jail in February 2004 after she admitted drinking and driving. She was also sentenced to two years’ unsupervised probation for the offence. Two further charges against her were dropped. She served her sentence almost immediately but in March 2004 it was revealed she had served her time in bursts of six to eight hours and had been given a free rein to come and go as she pleased.She was then ordered to return to jail to serve 48 consecutive hours but the following month that decision was overturned.