A former Miss USA from Michigan is scheduled to go on trial in March for drunk driving. Rima Fakih, who grew up in Dearborn, Michigan, was crowned at the Miss USA Pageant in 2010, becoming the first Arab-American to hold that title.
A Warren, Michigan, man will spend several weeks in jail after pleading guilty to drunk driving and animal cruelty. The charges came about after he pulled his dog on a leash while he drove his van. The man admitted to drinking a pint of vodka before his fateful ride.
A Michigan woman faces sentencing early next month after she pleaded no contest to charges related to drunk driving. The 34-year-old from Plainwell, Michigan, entered her plea last week. The accident occurred on October 19 in Plainwell and left four people injured, including two children.
An Oakland County Sheriff's deputy's job is at risk after his arrest for DUI and fleeing and eluding police. On January 8, 2012, witnesses saw a vehicle driving erratically in Oakland County. The witnesses immediately called 911. Because the Oakland County Sheriff's deputies were on scene for a barricaded gunman situation, the call was forwarded to the Lake Orion Police Department. The Lake Orion Police Chief, Jerry Narsh, stated that the deputy was taken into custody based on witness observations and evidence recovered at the scene indicated intoxication.
Drunk driving is a serious crime, and the stigma and penalties associated with it are serious. However, over the last decade, Michigan residents have been arrested fewer times on drunk driving charges, and fatal crashes involving alcohol also decreased by a significant margin.
Over the weekend WILX (Channel 10) did a special feature on Drunk Driving entitled, Zero Tolerance for Drunk Drivers New Years Weekend. Attorney George Zulakis was interviewed.