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Former Miss Arizona Teen USA Busted for Underage DUI

Another beauty pageant winner has been charged with DUI. Last weekend, the 2010 Miss Arizona Teen USA was arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of DUI, TMZ reports.

According to authorities, 18-year-old Tori Vance was pulled over after she made an illegal U-turn in her Mini Cooper in Hollywood. The Ahwatukee-native has reportedly been living in L.A. pursuing a modeling career.

According to the arresting officer, Vance showed signs of intoxication. The officer asked her to step out of the car, and administered a field sobriety test.

Vance reportedly failed the field sobriety test and was taken into custody. According to authorities, Vance had a blood alcohol level just above .08 percent, the legal limit for persons over 21. Police have charged her with misdemeanor DUI.

If the arrest had happened in Arizona, the charge may have been different. Arizona has a zero-tolerance policy for underage individuals. That means that if a person under the age of 21 is caught driving with any alcohol at all in her system, she can be charged with underage DUI.

Underage DUI is punishable by high fines, 2 years of probation, and the installation of an ignition interlock device on the offender's car. In addition, underage possession of an alcoholic beverage alone can lead to misdemeanor charges and heavy fines. Arizona has the toughest DUI laws in the country. Had Vance been arrested in the state, her penalties would probably be more severe.

Tori Vance's bail has been set at $5,000. She joins former Miss USA Rima Fakih as pageant winners who have recently been charged with DUI.

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