Rima Fakih, crowned Miss USA in 2010 reached a plea deal today in a Detroit court, the day her trial was to start on a charge of misdemeanor drunken driving. In exchange, prosecutors have agreed to drop the more serious charge of operating while intoxicated.
“You learn, you pay your price for making mistakes and you move on. I’m very happy I can put this behind me,” Fakih, said outside the court.
The beauty queen took to her Twitter account on Wednesday morning, before making her plea.
“Today is the big day…pray for me guys! Love u,” she Tweeted.
Officer will sentence Ex Miss USA on May 9. The charge carries a penalty of up to 93 days in jail or a $500 fine. But Fakih’s Detroit-based attorney, W. Otis Culpepper, said he expects his client to be ordered to serve a “minor” probation term in Los Angeles, where she lives.
The 26-year-old was stopped Dec. 3. Police say they found an open bottle of champagne behind the driver’s seat. Fakih was accused of driving 60 mph in a Jaguar and weaving through traffic without using a signal.