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Rima Fakih: Former Miss USA Appears In Court In DUI Case

Former Miss USA Rima Fakih appeared in a suburban Detroit courtroom this week in her drunken driving case. Her attorneys hope the case could be resolved soon with a plea deal.

“I apologize. My lawyer doesn’t want me to talk,” said Fakih.

Her attorney, W. Otis Culpepper, will prepare for a trial, but understands that a plea deal is a possibility.

“Of course she’s remorseful. She’s a model for young women…She’s a woman of substantial character,” said Culpepper.

At the time of her arrest, police found a bottle of champagne inside her Jaguar. Her blood alcohol level was measured at 0.20 %, much higher than Michigan’s limit of 0.08%.

Fakih won the Miss USA title in May of 2010. She was the first Arab-American to be crowned Miss USA, and the first Miss Michigan to win since 1993. Fakih was born in Lebanon, but moved to the United States at a young age.

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