LATEST: Donald Trump's Miss Universe Organisation has taken a further blow - the teen pageant winner arrested for theft and drug possession has been stripped of her title by event officials.
Lindsey Evans - the third runner-up at this year's (08) Miss Teen USA - was taken into custody with three friends after allegedly leaving a $46.07 (GBP27.15) bill unpaid at a Louisiana restaurant.
The 18-year-old, the reigning Miss Teen Louisiana, faced additional charges of marijuana possession after officers found the drug while searching her purse, according to police spokesman Mark Natale.
And the teenager has been stripped of her title as a result - just ten days before her reign was due to end, according to website TMZ.com.
A statement from Paula Miles, the president of RPM who sponsor the pageant, says, "Lindsey Evans has been part of an organisation that believes in opportunities when earned and consequences when warranted. Due to recent circumstances, Lindsey has been relieved of her duties as Miss Louisiana Teen USA 2008 effective immediately."
The incident follows a string of photo and drug scandals surrounding the organisation's Miss USA pageant contestants in 2006 and 2007.