By Stephen M. Silverman
January 14, 2003 01:00 PM

An Arizona judge on Tuesday ordered the release of the police videotape that was shot during Diana Ross’s Dec. 30 arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence and “extreme” DUI, the Associated Press reports.

The footage will be shown without accompanying soundtrack, however, but it could be available for public scrutiny as early as Friday.

Ross, 58, had sought — and received — a temporary restraining order preventing the Tucson Police Department from releasing the tape to the public. Pima County Superior Court Judge John F. Kelly approved Ross’s request after several media outlets, including TV’s “Inside Edition,” filed public information requests for the tape.

Meanwhile, Ross’s Arizona-based attorney, Greg Davis, had maintained that releasing the tape would irreparably damage his client’s right to a fair trial.

The pop diva was arrested at 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 30 outside a video store — where she told the arresting officer that she wished to rent a video. A breath test showed that Ross had a blood-alcohol reading of 0.20 percent, more than twice Arizona’s legal limit of 0.08.

Last week, Ross pleaded not guilty to the charges, including “extreme DUI,” which can carry greater penalties than a regular drunken-driving charge.

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