Thursday, 26 January 2023

Napa County District Attorney’s Office files DUI with injury charges against Paul Pelosi

NAPA COUNTY, Calif. — The Napa County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday it has filed a criminal complaint charging Paul Pelosi, the husband of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, with driving under the influence causing injury for a crash that occurred last month.

Paul Pelosi, 82, was involved in a crash on Highway 29 and Oakville Cross Road at 10:17 p.m. May 28.

A blood sample taken from Pelosi about two hours after the crash was sent to the California Department of Justice for testing, which found his blood alcohol conte was .082%, just over the legal limit.

The charges filed against Pelosi on Thursday include driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and driving with .08% blood alcohol level or higher causing injury.

Under California law, these charges can be filed as a misdemeanor or felony. Based upon the extent of the injuries suffered by the victim, the District Attorney’s Office filed misdemeanor charges.

“This decision is consistent with how our office handles these cases with similar injuries,” the agency said.

The punishment for driving under the influence causing injury as a misdemeanor is set by California law. It includes up to five years of probation, a minimum of five days in jail, installation of an ignition interlock device, fines and fees, completion of a court ordered drinking driver class, and other terms as appropriate, officials reported.

Pelosi was released from custody upon his promise to appear for an arraignment in Napa County Superior Court on Aug. 3.

The court date was selected by the Napa County Department of Corrections at the time of Pelosi’s release, officials said.

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