Stormy Keffeler, crowned Miss Washington USA in October, resigned her title Thursday after it was revealed she did not disclose a drunken-driving conviction before the pageant, according to an official with the Miss Washington USA Pageant.
First runner-up Kelsey Schmidt will assume the title immediately, according to Maureen Francisco, co-executive producer of Northwest Productions and Miss Washington USA. Schmidt will represent the state at the USA event later this year.
Francisco urged people not to judge Keffeler, saying, “This is a very unfortunate incident, but I want people to remember some of the things they did at 20. We all do stupid things.”
Keffeler, 23, could not be reached for comment Thursday night, but she appeared on ABC News saying, “I am a changed person.”
According to Seattle police, Keffeler was stopped by police April 7 while driving a car with two flat tires.
Documents filed in Seattle Municipal Court showed her blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit for driving, and Keffeler pleaded guilty to DUI in September.
She was sentenced to two days imprisonment, which she served in the Kirkland jail, records show.
She did not disclose the conviction to anyone involved in the pageant before she won the title, according to Francisco.
Seattle police also say Keffeler might be connected with the stabbing of former Sounder Marco Pappa at his Belltown apartment last month.
Keffeler has not been arrested or charged in connection with the stabbing that resulted in Pappa undergoing surgery, but police say she was with Pappa when he was stabbed. The case remains under investigation.
Pappa has since left the Sounders and is playing for the Colorado Rapids.
The Rapids issued the following statement to ABC News: “We are aware of the situation and have notified Major League Soccer. We have spoken with the player and will cooperate with the League on their evaluation of this matter. At this time we will have no further comment.”
Before holding the crown, Keffeler played professional football and owned a business, according to her biography on the pageant’s website. She works as a freelance hair and makeup artist, the page says, while studying journalism to pursue a career as a sports commentator.
Keffeler’s Facebook page says she studied at Olympic College and is from Redmond.
Schmidt, from South King County, is pursuing a master’s degree in nutritional science at the University of Washington, according to her biography on the same site.
She will be recognized with her new title at the “Beauty, Brand, Believe Expo” at the Seattle Marriott Redmond on Jan. 30, Francisco said.