Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), was charged Thursday with misdemeanor driving under the influence causing bodily harm, the Napa County prosecutor said in a news release.
The charge stems from a May 28 collision between two cars on State Route 29 in Yountville.
Pelosi, 82, was driving a 2021 Porsche and collided with a 2014 Jeep being driven by a 48-year-old man, the California Highway Patrol reported last month.
He was arrested and submitted for a blood test which showed a blood alcohol level of 0.082%, the district attorney’s office said.
“Under California law, these charges can be filed as a misdemeanor or a felony,” the office said. “Based on the extent of the injuries sustained by the victim, the district attorney filed misdemeanor charges.
“This decision is consistent with how our office is handling these cases with similar injuries,” the office said. “[This] is the extent of the information our office will provide to the public regarding Mr. Pelosi’s arrest outside of a criminal courtroom or in documents filed with the court.
If convicted, Pelosi could face up to five years probation, five days in jail, fines and costs. An “immobilizer,” which tests a driver’s blood alcohol level before starting a vehicle’s engine, could also be fitted to Pelosi’s vehicle. He could also be ordered to take an alcohol education course.
Pelosi is scheduled to be arraigned in Napa County Superior Court on August 3.
A spokesperson for Nancy Pelosi told The Associated Press last month, “The speaker will not comment on this private matter, which occurred while she was on the East Coast.”
The couple have been married since 1963.