NAPA, California (AFP) – Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was charged Thursday with drunk driving in connection with a crash he suffered last month.
Paul Pelosi, 82, was arrested in the wake of the May 28 plane crash in Napa County, north of San Francisco, after a DUI test showed he had a blood alcohol content of 0.082%. The Napa County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement that the blood sample was taken about two hours after the collision at 10:17 p.m.
He was driving a 2021 Porsche at an intersection near the town of Yountville and hit a 2014 Jeep, according to the California Highway Patrol.
He was charged with driving under the influence causing injury and driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or higher causing injury.
Prosecutors said that under California law, charges can be filed as a felony or misdemeanor.
“Based on the extent of the victim’s injuries, the public prosecutor has filed misdemeanor charges,” the office said.
The office did not describe the 48-year-old jeep driver’s injuries or provide any other information about the person, saying they requested privacy. The jeep driver has not been arrested.
After his arrest, Paul Pelosi was released on $5,000 bail. He is due to go to trial on August 3. It was not immediately known if he had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.
If convicted, he will face at least five days in prison and up to five years of probation. Prosecutors said he will also be required to complete a class for drunk drivers and install an ignition lock device in his car – an air analyzer that requires a driver to blow into it before starting the car.
Paul and Nancy Pelosi have been married since 1963.
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