Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was charged on Thursday with misdemeanor driving under the influence in California, the Napa County district attorney said in a news release.
Paul Pelosi, 82, was arrested at 11:44 p.m. PDT on May 28, according to online Napa County online booking records. He was booked into the Napa County Jail at 4:13 a.m. PDT on May 29 and charged with two misdemeanors related to operating a vehicle while intoxicated, online records show.
The charges filed Thursday include driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or higher, the news release stated. The district attorney’s office had discretion under California law whether to file the charges as a felony or misdemeanor and decided to charge Paul Pelosi with a misdemeanor, as it was “consistent with how our office handles these cases with similar injuries.”
California Highway Patrol officials said Paul Pelosi was involved in a crash while driving a 2021 Porsche, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
According to the highway patrol, Pelosi drove his vehicle into an intersection and was struck by a 2014 Jeep. The criminal complaint said both vehicles sustained “major collision damage” from the crash, the Chronicle reported. CHP officials determined that Pelosi was “the proximate cause of the collision,” the criminal complaint stated.
Paul Pelosi’s spokesperson, Larry Kamer, declined to comment Thursday evening, according to the newspaper. Nancy Pelosi’s office referred all inquiries on the matter to Kamer, according to The Associated Press.
If convicted, Paul Pelosi could face up to five years of probation, five days in jail, and fines and fees, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Paul Pelosi was born in San Francisco and married the future Speaker in 1963, SFGate.com reported. He is the founder of Financial Leasing Services, an investment firm based in San Francisco, the website reported. While he helped Nancy Pelosi win her first congressional election, he has mostly kept a low profile.
“I’ve made a conscious effort to not be involved or give the appearance of being involved in her political career,” Paul Pelosi told the Chronicle in 2004. “People should realize that she’s the one.”
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