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A former Miss USA is facing sentence for drink-driving after being stopped with an open bottle of champagne in her car.

Two years ago Rima Fakih became the first Arab-American to win the title.

She has pleaded no contest to driving while visibly impaired. A trial had been planned in Highland Park, an enclave of Detroit.

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

Fakih has said she was not drinking that night, but two police breath tests put her blood alcohol content at more than twice the legal limit.

"You learn, you pay your price for making mistakes and you move on. I'm very happy I can put this behind me," she said outside court.

A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing, which will take place on May 9. She faces a maximum of 93 days in jail.

Fakih's family moved to New York from Lebanon in 1993 and 10 years later to Dearborn, a Detroit suburb with a high population of Arab-Americans.


From Belfast Telegraph