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Diana Ross ordered back to jail
Diana Ross
Diana Ross was lead singer of The Supremes
Singer Diana Ross is being ordered to serve a two-day prison sentence for drink-driving again because she failed to spend enough time behind bars.

The 59-year-old arranged to serve her time at her home state of Connecticut, but left custody several times, said officials in the city of Greenwich.

Ross has been ordered to serve "48 consecutive hours" behind bars in Arizona, where the offence took place.

A court hearing has been set for 1 April to schedule her new jail term.

Tucson City Court Magistrate T Jay Cranshaw had asked for a full account of how she spent her time in police custody.


It was discovered that she only served 47 of her 48 hours and was allowed to leave the facility, although she did spend two nights in a cell.

Mr Cranshaw said that her custody period "clearly does not comply with Arizona law", which demands that drink-driving felons should spend at least 24 consecutive hours in custody.

Her longest stint was reported to be 22 hours.

"To avoid questions of impropriety, the defendant is ordered to return to Tucson to serve 48 consecutive hours in the Pima County Jail," Mr Cranshaw wrote in a written order.

It is likely her lawyers will asked him to reconsider the order.

Ross was arrested in December 2002 after she was seen driving the wrong way on a road. She was found to be two times over the legal drink drive limit.

Her sentence also included at least 36 hours of alcohol abuse treatment.

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