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Pelosi’s husband charged with impaired driving in California car crash


Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has been charged with alcohol-related offenses in connection with a car accident in Napa County, Calif., in May, the office of the Napa County District Attorney.

The charges include driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or higher and causing injury, prosecutors said.

A blood sample taken from Mr Pelosi more than two hours after the accident had a blood alcohol level of 0.082%, the office said.

The office said the sentence for the charges includes a minimum of five days in jail and up to five years probation. Mr. Pelosi, 82, is due in court in Napa County Superior Court on August 3.

“Under California law, these charges can be filed as a misdemeanor or a felony,” county attorney Allison Haley said in a statement. “Based on the extent of the injuries sustained by the victim, the district attorney filed misdemeanor charges. This decision is consistent with our office’s handling of these cases with similar injuries.

A spokesman for Mr. Pelosi declined to comment on Thursday. A spokesperson for Ms Pelosi said in May the speaker would not comment on the “private matter”, which occurred while she was on the East Coast.

On May 28, Mr. Pelosi was driving a 2021 Porsche and attempted to cross State Route 29 when his car was struck by another vehicle, a Jeep, at 10:26 p.m., according to a California Highway Patrol report.

Ms. Haley’s statement did not specify the nature of the injuries. The California Highway Patrol said there were none. Neither Ms. Haley nor the California Highway Patrol could be reached on Thursday evening.

Mr. Pelosi and Mrs. Pelosi own a vineyard in Napa Valley. The couple met at Georgetown University and married in 1963.

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