Paul Pelosi Pleads Not Guilty to DUI Charges

Complaint says House speaker's husband was slurring his words after May crash
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 3, 2022 1:57 PM CDT
Paul Pelosi Pleads Not Guilty to DUI Charges
This booking photo provided by the Napa County Sheriff's Office shows Paul Pelosi on May 29, 2022, following his arrest on suspicion of DUI in Northern California.   (Napa County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

(Newser) – The husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pleaded not guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor DUI charges related to a May crash in Northern California wine country. Paul Pelosi, 82, did not appear in person at Napa County Superior Court Wednesday. His attorney, Amanda Bevins, entered not guilty pleas on his behalf on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and a drug causing injury and driving with a .08% blood alcohol level or higher causing injury, the AP reports. Paul Pelosi was arrested following a May 28 crash in Napa County, north of San Francisco, after a DUI test showed he had a blood alcohol content of .082%.

Officers responding to the crash after 10pm near the wine country town of Yountville said they found Pelosi in the driver's seat of a 2021 Porsche Carrera and the other driver standing outside an SUV, according to the complaint made public Wednesday. California Highway Patrol officers reported that Pelosi was "unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred, and he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage." Pelosi offered to officers his driver’s license along with an "11-99 Foundation" card when asked for identification, the complaint says. The 11-99 Foundation supports CHP employees and their families.

Prosecutors filed the case as a misdemeanor because of injuries to the 48-year-old driver of the SUV. They have declined to identify the driver, saying the person has requested privacy. In an interview with investigators from the district attorney's office, the driver reported pain in his upper right arm, right shoulder, and neck the day after the crash. He said he also had headaches. Pelosi was released on $5,000 bail after his arrest. If convicted, Pelosi faces up to a minimum of five days in jail and up to five years of probation. He would also be required to complete a drinking driver class and install an ignition interlock device in his vehicle that requires the driver to blow into it to travel, prosecutors said.

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