Paul Pelosi, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, will face criminal charges and potentially some jail time for his recent DUI arrest. Weirdly enough, the arresting officer said that Paul gave him a card showing that he loves cops, TMZ reported.
Paul Pelosi was charged with “Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol Causing Injury” and “Driving with .08% Blood Alcohol Level or Higher Causing Injury.” Both are misdemeanors.
Paul, 82, was in a car accident on May 28 near Napa, California. He was driving a 2021 Porsche when was struck by a Jeep.
Pelosi had watery eyes, slurred speech, and a “strong odor” of alcohol on his breath, according to California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials, who also noted that Pelosi had “objective signs and symptoms of alcohol intoxication.” Field sobriety tests reportedly showed signs of impairment.
When asked to present an I.D., Pelosi reportedly gave authorities his “11-99 Foundation” card instead. The foundation helps CHP officers and their families financially.
Paul is facing up to 5 years probation, a minimum of 5 days in jail, and his vehicle may have an ignition interlock device installed. He was booked and released from jail the following day on a $5,000 bail, according to CBS News.
He will appear in court again on August 3.
Meanwhile, despite rumors that the CA Governor Gavin Newsom helped Paul, a Napa County official denied the claims. “Governor Newsom has not contacted the D.A.’s office nor intervened to have all DUI charges against Paul Pelosi dropped,” the official said.
Paul had been at a dinner party in Oakville and was driving home alone, his family’s spokesperson said. The spokesperson also stated he was “fully cooperative” with authorities.
Meanwhile, at the time of the crash, Nancy Pelosi was on the East Coast. She represents the 12th congressional district in San Francisco.