Paul Pelosi, husband to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was charged Thursday with
misdemeanor driving under the influence in connection to a crash last month in
The Napa County District Attorney’s Office charged him with one count each of
driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and driving with an .08% blood
alcohol level or higher causing injury, both misdemeanors.
The 82-year-old Pelosi was involved in a two-vehicle wreck on a rural road in Napa
County at approximately 10:17 p.m. on May 28, the district attorney’s office said in a
statement announcing the charging decision. The California Highway Patrol
previously said Pelosi was behind the wheel of a Porsche that was hit by a Jeep as
Pelosi’s car tried to cross a state road.
A blood sample was taken at 12:32 a.m. His blood alcohol level was 0.082%, just over
California’s legal limit of 0.08%, the statement said. He was booked and released from
jail the following day on $5,000 bail.
No one was hurt in the crash, and the driver of the Jeep was not arrested.
A statement from a spokesperson for Pelosi’s family at the time said that he had
attended a dinner party in the town of Oakville and was driving home alone. The
spokesperson said he was “fully cooperative” with authorities.
If convicted as charged, he could face a minimum of five days in jail and up to five
years’ probation, along with fines, the district attorney’s office said. His vehicle could
also have an ignition interlock device installed. He will appear in court again on
Nancy Pelosi was on the East Coast when the crash occurred. She represents the 12th
congressional district in the city of San Francisco