Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, pleads guilty to DUI, sentenced to three years probation


Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California), pleaded guilty on Tuesday to misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and bodily harm resulting from a May car accident in northern California.

Sentencing Judge Joseph Solga called for Pelosi to serve five days in jail, but he received four days in jail — two for time already served and two for driving, according to court records. He was sentenced to three years probation and must complete eight hours of a court-ordered work program.

Pelosi was also ordered to pay a standard $1,723 DUI fine and a standard restitution fine of $150. He did not appear in court for his sentencing but was represented by his attorney, Amanda Bevins. Bevins said Pelosi had no statement on the matter.

Pelosi, 82, was arrested at the time of the May 28 crash, and records show he was charged with one count of driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and one count driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher causing injury.

Pelosi changed her plea after initially pleading not guilty at an arraignment hearing this month. He initially faced two charges but, under Tuesday’s settlement, only pleaded guilty to one – violation of California Vehicle Code 23153(a).

The accident happened in California’s wine country near State Route 29 and Oakville Cross Road, according to a copy of the complaint obtained by Fox News. Officers at the scene said Pelosi was found in the driver’s seat of his Porsche, while the driver of an SUV stood in front of his own vehicle; both vehicles sustained “major collision damage,” according to the complaint.

The complaint alleges Pelosi had red, watery eyes, slurred speech and a strong smell of alcohol on his breath, and showed ‘signs of impairment’ during field sobriety tests . The complaint also alleged that when officers asked Pelosi for identification, he provided his driver’s license and a card for the “11-99 Foundation,” a charity that supports California Highway Patrol families.

The driver of the SUV has not been named, and he and Pelosi have refused medical treatment, according to the complaint. The document alleges that the SUV driver then began experiencing shoulder and neck pain, headaches and difficulty lifting objects with his right arm.

According to Bevins, Pelosi had already been ordered to directly pay the other driver involved in the crash $4,927.53 in restitution fines, which he has already done. Bevins said the court reserved restitution on Tuesday if the other driver had additional claims.

A spokesperson for the Speaker of the House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.


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