Former Miss USA Rima Fakih arrested for drunken driving

By DANIEL HERATY
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN – Dearborn native Rima Fakih, who became the first Arab-American to win the Miss USA pageant in 2010, was arrested for drunken driving in Highland Park about 2:15 a.m. Dec. 3.

According to published reports, Fakih, 26, was stopped by Highland Park Police on Woodward Avenue after officers saw her black 2011 Jaguar driving in excess of 60 mph and swerving in and out of traffic.

Fakih’s lawyer, Dearborn-based Diad Elder, did not return phone calls seeking comment by press time.

After stopping the car, the officer asked for Fakih’s driver’s license. The driver allegedly identified herself as Miss USA and said she was driving a friend’s car. She allegedly said her companion was too drunk to drive and Fakih took the wheel, only to determine she too was intoxicated and began to pull over to the curb when police stopped her.

Officers found a half-empty open bottle of champagne behind the driver’s seat. According to the report, a breathalyzer test revealed Fakih had a blood alcohol content of 0.20 percent, more than twice the state’s legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Fakih faces charges including operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, posessing an open intoxicant in a motor vehicle and reckless driving. She faces a possible 93 days in jail.

A post denying Fakih was arrested and that she was in Michigan at the time was posted on her Facebook page and later deleted.

A hearing for Fakih is scheduled for 2 p.m. Dec. 21 in 30th District Court in Highland Park.

(Daniel Heraty can be reached at dheraty@bewickpublications.com.)

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