Ex-Miss USA, Rima Fakih, Arrested In Michigan On Drunk Driving Charges

Fakih, 26, who became Miss USA in 2010, faces drunken driving charges after being arrested in Highland Park, Mich.

Rima Fakih has become the first Arab American winner ever. But despite the feel-good nature of her 2010 win, Fakih got caught up in scandal after scandal -- including a new one just last night. Photo: SeZaRs CiTy/ Flickr

It is not the first time when Rima is involved in scandal since the moment she captured the Miss USA crown.

She first grabbed headlines in 2010 when she became the first Miss Michigan to win the title since 1993 and the first Arab American winner ever. Hailing from Michigan since 2003, Fakih is a Lebanese immigrant who moved here when she was a child and still celebrates both Muslim and Christian faiths.

But despite the feel-good nature of her 2010 win, the beauty queen got caught up in scandal after scandal – like a new one just last night.

According to a source, the pageant winner was arrested while driving with a friend to another friend’s house. She blew a .20, which was more than twice the legal limit in Michigan.

TMZ said that the model was arrested in Highland Park, Michigan on Saturday suspected of drunk driving. Rima tried to deny the incident initially, having written on her Twitter, “Let’s clear things up now…. I’m NOT in Michigan and I’m NOT in jail! Wrong Fakih.”

However, the post has lately been removed, and on Sunday her representative Doraid Elder confirmed the arrest, noting that her record “has not a single blemish,” other than this and that Rima is “very saddened and very apologetic for the situation that she’s in.”

Police revealed no details of the arrest. But on Sunday, Fakih appeared to be in good mood, Tweeting: “A long run always gets me energized! It’s time to make football Sunday food.”

By the way, it didn’t take long for the new Miss USA to become embroiled in a scandal, a few days after having captured the crown, Rima was said to be a former pole dancer by radio show MojoInTheMorning.com, which posted photos of the pageant winner participating in the which posted photos of Fakih participating in the “Stripper 101” contest at The Coliseum Gentlemen’s Club in Detroit in 2007.

The site congratulated Fakih, a former Catholic school girl, saying, “Much like Miss Michigan Kristen Haglund who won Miss America in 2008, Rima is a Mojo In The Morning listener who has joined us in studio and at events. Check out Miss USA Rima Fakih when she won Mojo In The Morning’s “Stripper 101″ contest in 2007.”

Fakih said that the pictures were from a pole dancing class she attended, not the “Stripper 101 so pageant officials let her keep her crown.

“Miss USA was fair enough to look into the situation and see that it was just a class,” Fakih said. “It was something innocent that was taken into something else.”

But she came one more time under fire for some late-night partying, which doesn’t seem like a big deal to us but had some critics wagging their fingers.

“Obviously you should be responsible,” Fakih said in response to charges of her behavior. “Look at the bright side, I wasn’t doing anything illegal. Miss USA is just a real woman, a real human being who is an adult and has her own opinion and can make her own decisions.”

“I’ll say I’m proud to say I’m giving up my crown on June 19,” Fakih said to “Good Morning America in summer before her reign was ended.” “And proud that I still have my crown.” [Via Huff Post]

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