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Former Miss Arizona Teen USA Strikes Plea Deal in DUI Case

It looks like former Miss Arizona Teen USA Tori Vance won't be doing any time for her DUI arrest. Vance entered into a plea agreement earlier in the month, and prosecutors dropped the DUI charge, TMZ reports.

According to TMZ, 18-year-old Vance was pulled over in May after she made an illegal U-turn in her Mini Cooper while driving in Hollywood. The arresting officer said that Vance showed signs of intoxication.

Vance reportedly failed a field sobriety test and was taken into custody. According to authorities, the teen had a blood alcohol level just above 0.08 percent, the legal limit for persons over 21. Since Vince is under 21, she was charged with underage DUI.

Earlier this month, Vance struck a plea deal with prosecutors, allowing her to plead not guilty to the DUI charge. Instead, Vance pleaded "no contest" to the lesser charge of reckless driving. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Vance will now be on probation for the next three years.

Had Vance been convicted of underage DUI in Arizona, she would've faced some pretty stiff penalties. Arizona has a zero-tolerance policy for underage drinking and the toughest DUI laws in the country. That means 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.

In Arizona, underage DUI is punishable by high fines, at least two years of probation, and the installation of an ignition interlock device in the offender's car. In addition, underage possession of an alcoholic beverage alone can lead to misdemeanor charges and heavy fines.

Vance was reportedly in Los Angeles pursuing a modeling career. She joins former Miss USA Rima Fakih as pageant winners who've recently been arrested for DUI. Fakih, however, pleaded guilty to DUI and was sentenced to community service, The Huffington Post reports.

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