A driver with four prior DUI convictions was arrested on South Whidbey early this month for allegedly driving drunk again, according to court documents.
But prosecutors weren’t able to charge Peter M. Raasina, 34, with felony DUI because some of the convictions occurred too long ago. Under state law, a DUI becomes a felony if a person has four or more prior convictions over a 10-year period.
According to a report by a deputy with the Island County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy was patrolling on South Whidbey April 1 when he saw an SUV speeding on French Road and pulled it over.
Raasina hopped out of the vehicle and a can of Mike’s Harder Cranberry fell to the ground and spilled; he had a strong odor of intoxicants, the deputy noted.
Raasina didn’t have a license.
Raasina refused a breath test so the deputy got a search warrant for a blood draw, the report states.
The deputy originally arrested Raasina on suspicion of felony DUI, but it turned out one of them was from a deferred prosecution that was revoked.
Raasina was arrested twice for DUIs in 2017 — just six days apart — and two in 2006.