Miss Michigan "Super Drunk" Candidate in Highland Park
|Former Miss Michigan Rima Fakih|
Unfortunately for the beauty queen, this qualifies her for a charge under Michigan's relatively new "super drunk" law. While Fakih, like most other motorists, will be initially charged with a standard "operating while intoxicated" offense, there is the potential for the "super drunk" charge if her BAC is greater than .17.
This "super drunk" charge subjects drivers to stiffer penalties. Those penalties include a one-year license suspension for first-time "super drunks"; an increase in the potential maximum jail sentence from 93-days to 180-days; higher fines; and mandatory use of an "ignition interlock" device.
The super drunk law also features the longest alcohol rehabilitation treatment requirement on the books; one-year.
If convicted as a "super drunk", Fakih's driver's license will be suspended by the Secretary of State for one-year. After a 45-day "hard suspension" where all driving privileges are suspended, she can apply for restricted driving privileges for the balance of the year provided, however, that an " ignition interlock" device is installed in her vehicle.
If allowed to plead to an ordinary "operating while intoxicated" charge, the hard suspension may only be for 30-days, depending on Fakih's master driving record, and there will be no interlock requirement.
Installing an interlock device will cost her about $50 and up to $100 per month to maintain.
So we will just have to wait and see whether this beauty queen's celebrity [perhaps "infamy" is a better word] will aid her cause, or hurt her case. It is unknown at this time whether she was charged under local ordinance or state law; or whether the local prosecutor will elect to charge her under the "super drunk" law or with just plain old ordinary OWI.