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Diana Ross spared return to jail
Diana Ross
Diana Ross pleaded no contest to a drink drive charge
Singer Diana Ross will not have to return to jail for drink driving, after a judge ruled she had fulfilled the terms of her two-day sentence.

Last month, an Arizona judge found that Ross failed to serve 24 consecutive hours as required by state law.

Magistrate T Jay Cranshaw said Ross had left jail three times while serving her 48-hour sentence and had been released for good an hour early.

Mr Cranshaw reconsidered his ruling, after appeals by Ross' lawyers.

Prosecutors also supported the plea that Ross' jail term should be considered fulfilled.

The 59-year-old singer was arrested in December 2002 after she was seen driving the wrong way on a road in Tucson, Arizona.

She was found to be two times over the legal drink drive limit, and pleaded no contest to a drink driving charge.

Ross arranged to serve her 48-hour sentence in Greenwich, Connecticut, where she lives.

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

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