Sequim woman receives sixth DUI arrest

Pumpkin Patch owner arrested after Carlsborg car crash

After an October car crash and her sixth Driving under the influence DUI arrest, Theresa Lassila, 53, owner of the Sequim Pumpkin Patch, remains in Clallam County Jail through mid-February.

She was booked into Clallam County Jail on Dec. 30 for 45 days with 90 days of mandatory electronic home monitoring upon release.

Clallam County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Patrick Murphy said Lassila crashed her vehicle on Carlsborg Road near Idea Place with the front end in the ditch and rear end blocking the southbound lane at about 7:33 p.m. on Oct. 22.

Law enforcement recorded her blood alcohol level between 0.295-0.299, Murphy said.

The legal limit is a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or less while driving.

She pleaded guilty on Dec. 10 to Judge David Neupert and was booked for 45 days on Dec. 30.

This was Lassila’s sixth DUI arrest with her first in 1998 in Chelan, three in 2001 (Clallam, Chelan and Issaquah), and another in 2014 in Clallam County.

Murphy said because of the time frame between arrests, one arrest (2014) from the past seven years goes toward her mandatory sentencing.

However, because of her previous incidents she must serve the full 45 days in jail and 90 days of home monitoring, he said.

Alcohol treatment is required upon her release, which Murphy said she’s received before at least from the 2014 offense.

Records for her previous arrests were not available.

For the 1998 arrest, Lassila successfully completed a deferred prosecution.

Lassila’s license was revoked for 900 days and she must go through the Department of Licensing to receive it back, Murphy said.

Some of her stipulations to drive again include a $150 re-licensing fee, an ignition interlock device, and that she show no further violations and proof of alcohol treatment.

Clallam County requires supervised probation for 16 months, alcohol treatment, a written safety course and a DUI victim panel.

Murphy said some of Lassila’s other stipulations say she cannot go to bars or taverns, consume marijuana or violate any other laws.

The court imposed a $1,000 bail for Lassila despite Murphy asking for $2,000.

Lassila hired attorney John Black, who said her sentencing was the mandatory minimum.

He confirmed she will be receiving treatment and home monitoring following her release.

Reach Matthew Nash at mnash@sequimgazette.com.

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