Diana Ross ordered to jail
From correspondents in Tuscon, Arizona
March 11, 2004
UNITED States singer Diana Ross was today ordered to return to Tucson to serve a two-day jail sentence for drink-driving.
Ross, who pleaded no contest to a charge of driving under the influence last month, had arranged to serve her sentence in Greenwich, Connecticut, where she lives.
But during her stay, she left and returned several times, City Court Magistrate Jay Cranshaw said.
Greenwich Police Chief James Walters originally wrote to Cranshaw to say that Ross, 59, had completed her sentence, spending 48 hours in custody over three days, including two overnight stays.
Cranshaw asked for a full accounting of the time spent there, and it turned out Ross spent only 47 hours in police custody.
Arizona law requires convicted drink-drivers to spend at least 24 consecutive hours in custody.
Cranshaw said in a written order that the jail arrangement in Greenwich "clearly does not comply with Arizona law."
"To avoid questions of impropriety, the defendant is ordered to return to Tucson to serve 48 consecutive hours in the Pima County Jail," Cranshaw wrote in a March 4 order.
The original jail order sent to Greenwich didn't state that Ross had to serve 24 consecutive hours behind bars.
Ross, the former lead singer of The Supremes, has been on tour in Europe.
She was arrested December 30, 2002, after someone reported seeing someone driving the wrong way on a road in Tucson's northeast side.
A hearing is scheduled April 1 to schedule her new jail stay.
The Associated Press