In January, Miss Washington Stormy Keffeler resigned from her title of Miss Washington, after news broke of her undisclosed DUI conviction. The application to enter a US beauty pageant requires applicants to disclose whether they’ve ever been convicted of a felony.
Keffeler consulted with her lawyer before declining any convictions. According to Keffeler’s lawyer, the DUI was not a felony, but a misdemeanor. Keffeler was crowned Miss Washington in October of 2015, six months after her DUI arrest.
In April of 2015, Keffeler was arrested for a DUI when Seattle law enforcement stopped her for driving with two flat tires. At the time of the traffic stop, Keffeler’s eyes were droopy and skewed, and her speech was slurred. Her blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit.
After stepping away from her Miss Washington crown on Thursday, January 14th, Keffeler was immediately replaced by runner-up, Kelsey Schmidt.
In addition to losing her title over failure to reveal her DUI conviction, Keffeler is also under fire for her involvement in the unusual December stabbing of Major League Soccer player, Marco Pappa. The 23-year-old pageant winner was found at the scene of the stabbing where Pappa, the Seattle Sounders midfielder, was rushed to a nearby hospital and underwent surgery for the stab wounds to his stomach.
When interviewed by the police, both Keffeler and Pappa gave several different accounts of what happened. The incident is still under investigation.
Marco Pappa was also found guilty of driving under the influence last year. He was arrested and charged with a DUI in July. Pappas was reportedly driving 84 miles an hour on Seattle’s I-5 when law enforcement pulled him over. As reported by police, Pappas had two open containers in the back seat, and the vehicle smelled of intoxicants. His blood alcohol limit was more than double the legal limit.
According to Sports Illustrated, the MLS player entered the league’s substance abuse program following the arrest. In December, Pappa was traded by the Seattle Sounders club team, to the Colorado Rapids.