YAKIMA, Wash. — A Yakima attorney who contracts as a municipal prosecutor and judge has been charged with driving under the influence.
Kathleen Morehouse, 47, was charged in Yakima District Court for her DUI arrest on July 24, said Ken Ramm, deputy prosecutor for Yakima County.
Morehouse faces a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine for the gross misdemeanor if convicted.
Morehouse, who uses her maiden name of Hitchcock in her professional life, is contracted as the Sunnyside municipal court prosecutor and the judge for the Wapato and Granger municipal courts.
Morehouse was arrested after a Washington State Patrol trooper pulled her over for speeding about 8 a.m. along Interstate 82 between Zillah and Granger, according to the trooper’s report. The trooper smelled alcohol from inside the car, a 2004 Mitsubishi Diamante, the report said.
Morehouse told the officer she had drinks the night before and took a narcotic painkiller earlier that morning, the report said.
Two breath screens put her blood-alcohol content at .253 and .248, more than three times the legal limit of .08, the report said.
The city of Sunnyside has suspended Morehouse from the prosecutor job.