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Miss Washington USA Resigns After DUI Conviction

SEATTLE – 23-year-old Stormy Keffeler, who was crowned Miss Washington USA in October, resigned her title Thursday, amid a scandal that she did not disclose a drunken-driving conviction before the pageant.

The news was released by an official with the Miss Washington USA Pageant.

Keffeler was stopped by Seattle police on April 7, 2015 when she was driving a car with two flat tires. Her blood alcohol level at the time was reported to be above the legal limit for driving.

She pleaded guilty to DUI in September. The case was filed in Seattle Municipal Court.

According to the records, she served her sentence of two days in jail.

According to Maureen Francisco, co-executive producer of Northwest Productions and Miss Washington USA, Kelsey Schmidt will assume the title immediately as Miss Washington USA.

Schmidt was the first runner-up, she will represent the state at the USA event later this year.

“This is a very unfortunate incident, but I want people to remember some of the things they did at 20. We all do stupid things,” said Francisco in an interview Thursday, urging people not to judge Keffeler.

Keffeler could not be reached for comment.

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