Ex-Miss USA Fakih reaches plea deal in DUI case

Ex-Miss USA Fakih reaches plea deal in DUI case

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 17: Francine LeFrak (L) and Miss USA Rima Fakih speak onstage at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation's A Magical Evening 20th Anniversary Gala at The New York Marriott Marquis on November 17, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation)

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by MIKE HOUSEHOLDER

Associated Press

Posted on April 11, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 27 at 12:59 PM

HIGHLAND PARK, Michigan -- Former Michigan beauty queen Rima Fakih has reached a plea deal in her drunken driving case.

Fakih pleaded no contest Wednesday to driving while visibly impaired. A trial had been planned before 30th District Court Judge Brigette Officer in Highland Park, an enclave of Detroit.

A no contest plea isn't an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing.

She faces a maximum of 93 days behind bars when sentenced May 9.

Two years ago, Fakih became the first Arab-American to be crowned Miss USA.

The 26-year-old was stopped Dec. 3. Police say they found an open bottle of champagne behind the driver's seat. Fakih was accused of driving 60 mph in a Jaguar and weaving through traffic without using a signal.

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