Miss Las Cruces steps down after DWI arrest

Posted at: 12/20/2012 7:58 AM
Updated at: 12/20/2012 10:49 AM
By: The Associated Press

Photo: Sarah Richardson
Photo: Sarah Richardson

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A woman named Miss Las Cruces in June has resigned after her arrest on suspicion of aggravated DWI.

Pageant officials issued a statement from 22-year-old Sarah J. Richardson Wednesday saying her actions aren't consistent with a Miss America contestant and she's sorry for the people she let down.

The Las Cruces Sun-News  reports that Richardson was arrested late Sunday after crashing her Chrysler PT Cruiser into a power pole.

Authorities say she's facing charges of aggravated DWI and failure to exercise due care. Richardson is from Alamogordo and free on bond.

Pageant officials named runner-up Taylor Rey as the new Miss Las Cruces. She will represent Las Cruces at the Miss New Mexico pageant in June.

The winner will compete for the Miss America title. 

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