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Former Miss USA Rima Fakih arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, police say

Former Miss USA Rima Fakih
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(CBS/AP) HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. - Former Miss USA Rima Fakih was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after appointing herself designated driver for the night, her attorney said.

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The Detroit Free Press reports that the 26-year-old was arrested and jailed by Highland Park police Saturday around 2:15 a.m., and charged with misdemeanor drunk driving. Her attorney Doraid Elder said he could not say what her blood alcohol level was at the time of her arrest or where she and her companion had been drinking.

Elder says Fakih decided to be the designated driver after the companion became intoxicated. However, she almost immediately realized she was intoxicated as well, and had pulled over to the curb when police spotted her.

CBS Detroit reports Fakih was released at about 4 p.m. Sunday, but a tweet was seen on her Twitter page at about 4:55 p.m. that read, "I'm NOT in Michigan and I'm NOT in jail." That tweet has since been removed.

Elder said Fakih was not the one who posted that tweet. "Because of Rima's demanding schedule, there are others, friends and family, that do have permission to tweet things and to post things on her Facebook account," he said. "I don't believe they were aware of the situation, prior to talking to Rima. And it may have been something that someone else may have been misinformed responded or pasted that information."

Elder tells the media that Fakih is taking full responsibility for her actions and is "very saddened and very apologetic for the situation she is in right now."

"Rima has absolutely not a blemish on her record, she's never been in trouble, she's a law-abiding citizen and she has always given back to the community, he main objective here is to make sure that she gains the trust and respect and not only her family and friends but from everybody else who looks up to her," he said.

If convicted, Fakih faces up to 93 days in jail as well as fines and court costs. She may be ordered to perform community service.

The former pageant winner was born in Lebanon, raised in New York and moved to Michigan in 2003. Her family lives in a suburb of Dearborn.

She was the first Arab-American ever to win the title and the first Miss Michigan to win since 1993 when she won the Miss USA Pageant in May 2010.