Diana Ross won't be required to appear in Tucson, Ariz., City Court next week in her drunken-driving case.
Diana Ross won't be required to appear in Tucson, Ariz., City Court next week in her drunken-driving case. The singer, represented by Phoenix attorney Greg Davis, filed a written "notice of appearance" with Tucson City Court last week in which she pleaded innocent to three charges. Because Ross filed the notice, neither she nor her lawyer is required to appear in court Monday (Jan. 13) for her arraignment.
The 58-year-old received misdemeanor citations early Dec. 30 for driving under the influence and extreme DUI after police received a report of someone driving the wrong way down an east Tucson street. A breath test showed the pop diva with a blood-alcohol level of 0.20 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, police said.
Another hearing is scheduled for next week in which Ross' lawyers will try to block the release of a police videotape that shows her field sobriety tests. Last week, Superior Court Judge John Kelly granted a temporary restraining order after Davis argued that the tape was not a public record and would damage the singer's right to privacy if released.
Police Officer Scott Sullivan's report said Ross consented to a field sobriety test but fell down and laughed while trying to stand on one leg and count to 10. In another test, it said, she skipped a couple of letters and doubled others when asked to write the alphabet.
In a hearing to secure the temporary restraining order to block the tape's release, Davis argued the video isn't public record because it wasn't made by the police officer who made the traffic stop. Davis said the officer who shot it did so only after learning the driver was Ross.
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