Paul Pelosi gets 5 days in jail, 3 years of probation in DUI
In connection with a crash in California's wine country in May, the husband of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi entered a guilty plea on Tuesday and was given a sentence of five days in jail and three years of probation.
Judge Joseph Solga of the Napa County Superior Court stated that Paul Pelosi had already served two days in jail and had been given credit for two further days due to good behaviour.
Unless the judge orders otherwise, state law permits defendants charged with a minor DUI to appear through their attorney.
Paul Pelosi's probation also includes installing an ignition interlock device, which requires a breath sample before the engine will start, and attending a three-month drinking driving course.
The judge also ordered him to pay roughly $2,000 in fines, as well as about $5,000 in victim compensation for medical expenses and lost income.
After an accident on May 28 in Napa County, north of San Francisco, Paul Pelosi was taken into custody after a DUI test revealed he had a blood alcohol level of.082%, slightly over the legal limit.
According to the complaint, when police arrived at the scene of the collision after 10 p.m. near the town of Yountville in the wine region, they discovered Pelosi inside a 2021 Porsche Carrera and the other driver standing outside a sport utility vehicle.
Pelosi was described as being "unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred, and he had a distinct stench of an alcoholic beverage" by California Highway Patrol officials.
When questioned for identification, Pelosi gave authorities his driver's licence and a "11-99 Foundation" card, the complaint claims. The 11-99 Foundation provides assistance to the families of CHP employees.
The misdemeanour charge was brought by the prosecution because the SUV's 48-year-old driver was hurt. Since the driver desired anonymity, they chose not to reveal his or her identity.
The day after the collision, the driver told investigators from the district attorney's office that his upper right arm, right shoulder, and neck hurt. He claimed to also get headaches.
Pelosi was released on $5,000 bail after his arrest.
At the time, Speaker Pelosi was in Rhode Island for the commencement speech at Brown University. Tuesday's request for comment from her office did not receive an immediate response.
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