November 30, 2020

Police: Ex-Miss USA was above legal alcohol limit

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DETROIT (AP) — Former Miss USA Rima Fakih was speeding and weaving through traffic with an uncorked, half-empty bottle of champagne and a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when she was arrested in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park, according to a police report released Tuesday.

The report on her drunken-driving arrest obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request says the 26-year-old from Dearborn was pulled over early Saturday going 60 mph, weaving in heavy traffic and changing lanes without using a turn signal.

A police officer whose name was given only as R. Kalis said the traffic stop happened about 2:15 a.m.

The report says she was driving a black 2011 Jaguar.

Kalis reported asking for the driver’s license said the “driver immediately identified herself as Miss USA and stated that she was driving a friend’s car.”

Kalis said Fakih “appeared disoriented and had very slurred speech while fumbling for her purse.” Kalis asked Fakih if she had been drinking, and she said, “No, not at all.”

In the report, officers said they found an open and half-empty bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne on the floorboard behind the driver’s seat.

“I swear, I didn’t know it was open,” Fakih told Kalis, according to the report.

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