Rima Fakih, the first Arab-American to win the Miss USA title, pleaded no contest on Wednesday (March 12) to drunken driving charges. She was pulled over in December 2011 and charged with drunken driving, careless driving and having an open container of alcohol, reports the Associated Press.
“You learn, you pay your price for making mistakes and you move on. I’m very happy I can put this behind me,” said after leaving court in Highland Park, Michigan.
The one-time beauty queen will likely serve probation in California where, says her lawyer, she’s anxious to return and “get on with being a Hollywood kind of person.”
Fakih still maintains that she wasn’t drunk when she was pulled over., but two poice breathalyzer tests placed her blood alcohol level at more than twice the legal limit. She was driving 60 mph in a 30 mph zone and weaving in and out of traffic. When police pulled her over, they found an open bottle of champagne behind the driver’s seat.