The husband of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pleaded guilty last Tuesday to a DUI (driving under the influence) charge on August 23.
Paul Pelosi, 82, worked out a plea deal and the charge was considered a DUI misdemeanor.
In May 2022, he crashed his 2021 Porsche in Napa Valley, California with another car. The driver of the second vehicle was injured. Police found that Pelosi’s blood alcohol content was .082%, which is a little over the legal limit.
Major damage to both vehicles was reported, and Pelosi was found in the driver’s seat of his vehicle.
The second car, an SUV, had a 48-year-old driver. His name has not been released due to privacy concerns. The day following the accident, he complained of injuries involving his arm, shoulder and neck, as well as headaches. Because injuries were involved, the charge against Pelosi was determined to be a DUI misdemeanor.
California Highway Patrol officers reported at the time that Pelosi was “unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred, and he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage.”
Pelosi had already served two days in jail and those days were credited to his five day jail sentence. He also received three years probation. Of the five day sentence, two more days were credited for “good conduct,” and he is required to work eight hours in a court program to make up for the remaining day of his sentence, instead of jail time.
The sentence was given by Napa County Superior Court Judge Joseph Solga. Paul Pelosi did not appear in court, as he was not required to, but was represented by his attorney.
During his probation, Pelosi will attend a three-month class for drivers convicted of DUIs. He will also be required to have a device on his car that takes a breath sample before the car can start. He was ordered to pay about $7,000 in fines.
Paul Pelosi has been married to Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, since 1963.