Paul Pelosi, the husband of Nancy Pelosi, was arrested at the end of May for driving under the influence.
There has been a huge outcry from the public, so now, Paul Pelosi has been charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol Causing Injury as well as Driving with .082 percent Blood Alcohol Level or Higher Causing Injury, according to TMZ.
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He faces up to 5 years probation, a minimum of 5 days in jail, and the installation of an ignition interlock device if he’s convicted.
The Napa County District Attorney’s Office issued a press release on Thursday:
Today, the Napa County District Attorney’s Office issued a criminal complaint, filing charges against Paul Pelosi [Nancy Pelosi’s husband] based on an auto collision & driving under the influence arrest on May 28th…Mr. Pelosi’s blood sample had a .082% blood alcohol content.
The charges filed today 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 filed misdemeanor charges. This decision is consistent with how our office handles these cases with similar injuries.
The punishment for driving under the influence and 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. Mr. Pelosi was released from custody upon his promise to appear for an arraignment in Napa County Superior Court on August 3, 2022. The court date was selected by the Napa County Department of Corrections at the time of Mr. Pelosi’s release.
The day that Paul Pelosi was arrested, Nancy was on the east coast, at a speaking engagement for Brown University in Rhode Island.
Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s spokesperson, released a statement.
“The Speaker will not be commenting on this private matter which occurred while she was on the East Coast,” Hammill said in a statement.
Of course, social media erupted with opinions from both sides of the political aisle.
Colorado GOP Representative Lauren Boebert tweeted, “This Memorial Day weekend, remember not to drink and drive. Save a life, call an Uber. @SpeakerPelosi.”
Democrat strategist Peter Daou said, “The DUI is bad, but the Pelosi family’s insider trading is even worse.”
Mike Cernovich, a political commentator said, “The body metabolizes alcohol as you get older. I know a guy who got a DUI in his 70s. He had only had two glasses of wine at dinner, but those machines say what they say. Keep this in mind as we all get older. One glass even might trigger those machines.”