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Rima Fakih, first Arab-American Miss USA, handed probation sentence

The 26-year-old former beauty queen has been sentenced to probation and community service in a drink driving case.

Rima Fakih, Miss USA 2010.
Rima Fakih, Miss USA 2010.

HIGHLAND PARK, UNITED STATES // Rima Fakih, the first Arab-American to be crowned Miss USA, has been sentenced to probation and community service in a drink driving case.

The 26-year-old former beauty queen avoided the possibility of jail time during today's hearing in Michigan.

The judge put her on six months' probation, ordered 20 hours of community service and said she must pay US$600 (Dh2,203) in fines and costs.it.

Fakih also must attend an alcohol safety class. She pleaded no contest last month to driving while visibly impaired.

A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing.

Ms Fakih said she was not drinking on the night of her arrest in December, but two police breath tests put her blood alcohol content at more than twice the legal limit.

She was crowned Miss USA in 2010.