SAN FRANCISCO– The husband of Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor driving charge on charges related to a May accident in California’s wine country and was sentenced to five days in prison and three years of probation.
Paul Pelosi has already served two days in prison and received two more days of good behavior credit, said Napa County Superior Court Judge Joseph Solga. Paul Pelosi will work eight hours in the court’s work schedule instead of the remaining day, Solga said during Paul Pelosi’s sentencing, which he did not attend.
State law allows defendants of DUI offenses to appear through their attorney unless otherwise directed by the court.
As part of his probation, Paul Pelosi must also attend a three-month drink driving course and install an ignition interlock device that requires the driver to take a breath sample before the engine starts. He also has to pay about $5,000 in victim compensation for medical bills and lost wages, and nearly $2,000 in fines, the judge said.
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 0.082%, just above the legal limit.
Officials responding to the accident after 10 p.m. near the wine town of Yountville said they found Pelosi in the driver’s seat of a 2021 Porsche Carrera and the other driver in front of an SUV, according to the complaint.
California Highway Patrol officials reported that Pelosi was “unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred and he had a strong odor of alcoholic beverages.”
Pelosi offered officers his driver’s license along with an “11-99 Foundation” card when asked for ID, the complaint said. The 11-99 Foundation supports CHP employees and their families.
The public prosecutor’s office closed the case as an administrative offense due to injuries to the 48-year-old driver of the SUV. They declined to identify the driver, saying the person asked for privacy.
In an interview with investigators from the public prosecutor’s office the day after the accident, the driver reported pain in his right upper arm, right shoulder and neck. He said he also had a headache.
Pelosi was released on $5,000 bail after his arrest.
Speaker Pelosi was in Rhode Island at the time to deliver the commencement address at Brown University. Her office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.
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