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2010 Miss USA Arrested and Charged With DWI
In yet another example of celebrities gone bad, 2010 Miss USA winner Rima Fakih was arrested early on December 4th in Highland Park Michigan and charged with driving while intoxicated. At the time of her arrest, police officers found a half-empty bottle of wine behind the driver’s seat of her car. She allegedly failed two breath tests, one recorded a 0.19% alcohol level, and the other a 0.20% alcohol level. The legal limit in Michigan is 0.08%, so Ms. Fakih had a blood-alcohol level of over twice the legal limit.
The Police report says the 26-year-old was driving erratically, going 60 mph and weaving in heavy traffic. Police report that the traffic stop happened around 2:15 a.m. Officers on the scene said she appeared disoriented, and exhibited slurred speech. When asked if she was drinking she reportedly said no.
To make matters worse, Fakih initially attempted to deny being arrested, and tweeted, “Let’s clear things up now…. I’m NOT in Michigan and I’m NOT in jail!” However the tweet was removed the next day.
Ms. Fakih was arrested, handcuffed, and taken to a police station. Not exactly the best way to represent the country as a former Miss USA, or as a role model for the many young ladies that admire her.
There is never an excuse for drunk driving. Too many innocent people die every day every year at the hands of intoxicated drivers. Your friends, family and loved ones are all affected by this crime. The fact that it’s a celebrity has no bearing on the gravity of the situation, but it does help to bring the severity of the problem to light. If you drink, don’t drive. Call a cab, or a friend or family member to give you a ride home. Or use a designated driver, it’s really that simple.
Thankfully nobody was hurt this time, and hopefully Ms. Fakih will get the help she needs for her problem. If convicted, she could face up to 93 days in jail, though it’s unlikely she will see any jail time, it’s more likely she’ll be ordered to perform community service. It’s another example of how being a celebrity doesn’t put you above the law.
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