Traffic Police arrested former Miss Costa Rica Merylin Villalta on a drunken driving charge Sunday night. Authorities said Villalta was driving with a blood-alcohol level almost three times the legal rate.
The 32-year-old beauty queen hit another car in Cartago, east of San José, at 7 p.m. Sunday. Following the accident Traffic Police gave Villalta a breathalyzer test. Her result showed a blood-alcohol level of 1.39 grams, when the legal limit is 0.5 grams.
Villalta had a court date Monday morning. She could face one to three years of prison time, although community service is more likely than a jail sentence. Villalta was crowned Miss Costa Rica in 2002.