Rima Fakih, Miss USA 2010, pleads no contest to DUI
Rima Fakih, who made history in 2010 by becoming the first Arab-American to win Donald Trump's Miss USA pageant, recently reached a plea deal in her DUI case and faces a maximum sentence of about three months in jail.
The 26-year-old former beauty queen was arrested in December 2011 after police pulled her over in Highland Park, Michigan. They said she was driving 60 mph in a 30 mph zone and weaving in and out of traffic and that officers found an open bottle of champagne behind the driver's seat of her Jaguar. She failed two breath tests, which showed her blood alcohol content to be 0.19 and 0.20 percent - above the legal limit of 0.08.
On Wednesday, April 11, Fakih pleaded no contest to driving while visibly impaired, the Associated Press reported, quoting her as telling reporters outside of a Detroit court: "You learn, you pay your price for making mistakes and you move on. I'm very happy I can put this behind me. I'm just going to move on and make sure I learn my lessons."
She had previously said she was not drinking on the night of her arrest. She is due to be sentenced on May 9 and could be sent to jail for a maximum of 93 days.
The beauty queen took to her Twitter account on Wednesday morning, before making her plea.
"Today is the big day...pray for me guys! Love u," she Tweeted.
Fakih surrendered her Miss USA crown to 2011 winner Alyssa Campanella last June.