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Ex-Miss USA appears on drunken driving charge

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
FILE - In this March 19, 2011 photo, Miss USA Rima Fakih arrives to the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York. A police report says Fakih was driving with a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when she was arrested for drunken driving in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park. Officers say a half-full wine bottle on the floorboard behind the drivers seat. Authorities gave her a breath test that showed a 0.19 percent blood-alcohol level, and a test about an hour later at the police station was 0.20. Michigan law defines drunkenness a level of 0.08 percent. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

FILE - In this March 19, 2011 photo, Miss USA Rima Fakih arrives to the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York. A police report says Fakih was driving with a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when she was arrested for drunken driving in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park. Officers say a half-full wine bottle on the floorboard behind the driver's seat. Authorities gave her a breath test that showed a 0.19 percent blood-alcohol level, and a test about an hour later at the police station was 0.20. Michigan law defines drunkenness a level of 0.08 percent. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

Former Miss USA Rima Fakih has made an initial appearance in a Detroit-area courtroom in a drunken driving case.

A judge in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park on Wednesday set a March 14 trial date, but lawyers on both sides said they planned to talk in an attempt to resolve the case sooner.

After the hearing, Fakih told reporters she was sorry and her lawyer didn't want her to talk about the case.

Police say they found an open bottle of champagne on the floor behind the driver's seat when Fakih was stopped Dec. 3. She was accused of driving 60 mph in a 2011 Jaguar and weaving through traffic without using a signal.

The 26-year-old former Miss Michigan won the Miss USA Pageant in May 2010.

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