Diana Ross told a Tucson, Ariz., municipal court judge that she felt forced into taking a breath test during a traffic stop last year. The 58-year-old pop diva and her lawyer, Stephen Paul Barnard, are seeking to have the results of several breath tests tossed out. They appeared in court yesterday (June 23) to argue their case.
Ross, who has a home in Arizona, was cited Dec. 30 and faces three DUI-related charges. She has pleaded innocent. Police said she had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.20 percent. The legal limit in Arizona is 0.08 percent.
Ross, wearing a black pantsuit and silver bracelets, testified for about 10 minutes. “I felt a threatening tone from him. You know, like a command, a demand,” Ross said, referring to Tucson police Officer Scott Sullivan.
Barnard refused comment after the hearing.
According to the police report, officers at the scene wrote that the singer was unable to walk a straight line and fell while trying to stand on one leg and count to 10.
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