Ex-Miss USA charged with DUI

South Carolina DUI Lawyers

According to a police report released yesterday, Detroit police say former Miss USA Rima Fakih was speeding and weaving through traffic with an uncorked, half-empty bottle of champagne and a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when she was arrested in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park.

The 26-year-old was pulled over early Saturday going 60 mph, weaving in heavy traffic and changing lanes without using a turn signal.

The arresting officer said the traffic stop happened about 2:15 a.m.

The report said she was driving a black 2011 Jaguar.

The police report says the officer asked for the driver’s license she “immediately identified herself as Miss USA and stated that she was driving a friend’s car.”

The officer said Fakih “appeared disoriented and had very slurred speech while fumbling for her purse.” He asked Fakih if she had been drinking, and she said, “No, not at all.”

In the report, authorities said they discovered an open and half-empty bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne on the floorboard behind the driver’s seat.

“I swear, I didn’t know it was open,” Fakih told police.

Two breath tests showed a 0.19 percent and a 0.20 percent blood-alcohol level.

The report said Fakih was handcuffed and taken to a police station. It said she was placed in a cell “until she was sober for her safety and the safety of others.”

Besides drunken driving, Fakih also faces charges of possessing an open intoxicant in a motor vehicle and careless driving.

The former Miss Michigan was born in Lebanon won the Miss USA Pageant in 2010.  Her reign ended earlier this year.  She was the first Miss Michigan to win the title since 1993 and the first Arab American winner.

By: South Carolina DUI Lawyer Pete Strom


About Pete Strom

Defending criminal charges including drug crimes, DUI, CDV, mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, computer crimes, money laundering, and juvenile crimes, Pete also handles Federal and State investigations. Representing individuals in Civil Matters including Class Actions, Personal Injury, Qui Tam Actions, Defective Products, Nursing Home Neglect, and Professional Licensing Defense cases. Joseph Preston “Pete” Strom, Jr., the managing partner at Strom Law Firm, L.L.C., has been fighting for justice since 1984.

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