Miss USA 2010 Was Way Above Legal Limit

...and driving with a half-empty bottle of champagne

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 7, 2011 9:17 AM CST | Updated Dec 7, 2011 10:55 AM CST

(Newser) – And the story of Rima Fakih's arrest gets worse: The former Miss USA was allegedly speeding and weaving through traffic when she was pulled over about 2:15am Saturday ... with a half-empty bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne behind the driver's seat of the 2011 Jaguar she was driving. According to the police report, she also had a blood-alcohol level of 0.20%, more than twice the .08% legal limit, the AP reports.

Upon being pulled over, Fakih "immediately identified herself as Miss USA and stated that she was driving a friend's car," the report states. She also "appeared disoriented and had very slurred speech while fumbling for her purse." Yet when asked if she'd been drinking, Fakih responded, "No, not at all." As for the champagne? "I swear, I didn't know it was open," Fakih reportedly said. Click to re-acquaint yourself with Fakih's first headline-generating scandal.

In this March 19, 2011 photo, Miss USA Rima Fakih arrives to the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York.
In this March 19, 2011 photo, Miss USA Rima Fakih arrives to the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York.   (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
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