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Ross denies charge.

Byline: By Anna Jones

Pop diva Diana Ross was forced to walk in a straight line, stand on one leg and count to 10 by police who stopped her on suspicion of drink-driving.

The singer yesterday told an Arizona judge she felt forced into taking a breath test when police stopped her as she drove to a video rental shop.

They had been called after receiving a report that someone was driving the wrong way down a one-way street in Tucson, Arizona.

Ross and her lawyer, Stephen Paul Barnard, were seeking to have the results of several breath tests thrown out of court. They appeared yesterday to argue their case.

Ross was arrested last December and faces three charges related to driving under the influence of alcohol. She has pleaded innocent.

Police said she had a blood/alcohol concentration of 0.20pc. The legal limit in Arizona is 0.08pc.

Ross, wearing a black trouser suit 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.

According to the police report, officers at the scene wrote that Diana Ross was unable to walk in a straight line and fell while trying to stand on one leg and count to 10.

The 58-year-old singer has a home in Arizona.
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Title Annotation:Ents Showbiz
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:1U8AZ
Date:Jun 25, 2003
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