Rima Fakih, former Miss USA, arrested on suspicion of DUI

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Rima Fakih, the 2010 Miss USA, was arrested by police early Saturday morning near Detroit on suspicion of DUI.

It seems the first Arab American to win the Miss USA crown at first didn’t want anyone to know what happened. According to the Detroit Free-Press, a tweet was sent out on the beauty queen’s official account Saturday after media began reporting on the arrest, claiming that it was a different Fakih who had been arrested. The tweet was later removed.

Fakih’s attorney, Doraid Elder, told the newspaper on Sunday: ‘She is taking full responsibility. She wants to apologize to everybody she let down.’

According to Elder, Fakih was acting as designated driver for her friend when she realized she was too intoxicated to drive herself. When she pulled over, she was spotted by police and picked up.


Local TV station WXYZ reported that Fakih blew a .20 on the breathalyzer, far above Michigan’s legal limit of .08. Elder said he hadn’t seen the police report and couldn’t not confirm the number.

During an appearance on the Fox News program ‘Fox & Friends,’ Miss USA pageant organizer Donald Trump responded to the arrest by saying, ‘I am very surprised to hear it, I’m very disappointed actually. I hope she’s fine.’

Fakih, the first Miss Michigan to become Miss USA since 1993, ended her reign in June.


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-- Patrick Kevin Day