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August 21, 2013

Former City View restaurant co-owner charged with DUI

— The co-owner of the former City View Bar & Grill was charged with drunken driving Friday evening when she was stopped off of Menoher Boulevard by West Hills Regional police.

Officers were responding to a complaint that Kathleen A. Lasky, of the 1000 block of Woodcrest Drive in Westmont, was causing trouble at the former City View, which is reopening as Asiago’s Tuscan Italian.

The criminal complaint indicated Lasky was “harassing/threatening” people at the Inclined Plane restaurant property at 7:45 p.m. Friday.

She drove away from the Edgehill Drive location, but was identified by police while driving along Menoher Boulevard near Luzerne Street, according to the complaint filed at District Judge John Barron’s office.

The car was being operated erratically, crossing the center line and almost hitting the curb, police said.

Lasky was pulled over along Christopher Street and cited for driving under the influence and driving without valid registration or inspection. A blood test showed her blood alcohol content was 0.162 percent, or about twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Asiago’s co-owner Rick McQuaide said his business partner, Lorrie Sanden, and some restaurant staff were at the Inclined Plane restaurant getting ready for this week’s “soft” opening when Lasky apparently came in a door as an employee was leaving.

A West Hills police spokesman said the officer leading the investigation is on vacation this week, so it is not clear if additional charges will be filed in connection with the incident on the restaurant property.

“We turned the whole thing over to CamTran,” McQuaide said. CamTran owns the Inclined Plane and restaurant property.

A CamTran spokesman said the organization has no comment on the situation.

Kathleen Lasky and her husband, Andy, owned the City View from March 2005 until the restaurant closed last March after CamTran voted to terminate the lease. The owners owed several thousand dollars in back rent, and there were other issues, leaders said.

Andy Lasky was arrested June 27 when he disrupted a meeting to finalize the transition to new owners. He was charged with criminal trespass when he refused to leave the property.

Andy Lasky was bound over for court when he failed to appear for his preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

Katie Lasky’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 9 in Barron’s court.

Randy Griffith is a reporter The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/photogriffer57.

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