Miss Washington USA resigns title after DUI conviction emerges

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SEATTLE (AP) —Pageant officials say Miss Washington USA, Stormy Keffeler, has resigned her title in the wake of controversy surrounding an undisclosed DUI conviction.

Maureen Francisco, co-executive producer of Northwest Productions and Miss Washington USA, confirmed Keffeler’s resignation Thursday. Keffeler was crowned in October.

The Seattle Times reports police stopped Keffeler in April 2015 for driving on flat tires. Court documents show her blood alcohol level was above the legal limit for driving. She pleaded guilty to a DUI charge in September and served two days in jail.

Francisco urged people not to judge Keffeler, calling it a very unfortunate incident and saying “we all do stupid things.”

First runner-up Kelsey Schmidt will assume the title of Miss Washington USA and will represent the state at the USA event this year.

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