The Napa County District Attorney has charged United States House Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, with two misdemeanors for driving under the influence of alcohol, a crime for which he had already been arrested.
On May 28, police arrested Paul Pelosi after his 2021 Porsche collided with a 2014 Jeep at an intersection on Highway 29. His blood alcohol level was 0.082%; the California legal limit is 0.08%. The two counts filed by the Napa District Attorney include “driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or greater and causing injury,” according to the Napa Valley Registry.
UPDATE: Mugshot of Paul Pelosi, husband of @SpeakerPelosiafter being arrested by @CHP_Napa for DUI on Hwy 29 to Oakville. @CountyofNapa DA reviewing case to determine if he will be formally charged pic.twitter.com/31fpivrgyW
— Henry K. Lee (@henrykleeKTVU) June 13, 2022
The district attorney’s press release noted that DUI charges can swing between felony and misdemeanor under California law depending on “the extent of the injuries sustained by the victim.”
“This decision is consistent with how our office is handling these cases with similar injuries,” the press release read.
Paul Pelosi did not say whether he would contest the charges, whose sentence includes “fines and costs, up to five years probation, a minimum of five days in jail, the installation of an ignition interlock device and the completion of a court order. class of drunk drivers, among others”, according to the Register.
Pelosi is scheduled to appear in Napa County Superior Court on August 3.
The district attorney’s office further refuted conservative accusations that the charges against Paul Pelosi were immediately dropped, alleging the office received a wave of “angry calls” based on false reports.
“There has been bad information out there and sometimes rumors can, they travel fast on social media,” said Henry Wofford, public information officer for the Napa County Sheriff’s Office. “If something doesn’t sound right, we encourage them to check out our social media web pages or call us to verify whether or not it’s accurate.”
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has yet to release body camera footage of Pelosi’s arrest, accusing it of “compromising” the investigation.
“The Public Records Unit (PRU) has determined that the Department has records responsive to your request,” the CHP said in response to a query from Fox News. “However, the Napa County District Attorney’s Office has indicated that releasing the records would jeopardize an ongoing investigation. As such, records are withheld pursuant to Government Code Section 6254(f).