By Jack Phillips
Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) pleaded guilty Tuesday to driving under the influence and causing injury in connection to a May arrest and crash.
The multimillionaire investor wasn’t present at the court hearing in Napa County, California, according to reporters in the courtroom. A lawyer entered his guilty plea on his behalf.
Pelosi’s plea agreement includes a 5-day jail term, said Judge Joseph Solga. The 82-year-old has already served four of those days, and the final day will be covered by an 8-hour work term, the judge said Tuesday, Fox News and the New York Post reported.
Pelosi will also have three years of probation and has to attend a three-month drunk driving program, have an ignition interlock device installed in his vehicle, and make restitution payments, the judge ordered.
Napa County District Attorney Allison Haley did not charge Pelosi until June 23, charging him with DUI causing injury and driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent. In early August, he entered a not guilty plea on the two charges.
As part of an agreement with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty to violating California Vehicle Code 23153(a), or the DUI causing injury charge. The other charge of driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or greater was dismissed, according to reporters in the courtroom.
A press release issued by the Napa County District Attorney’s office said Pelosi, a longtime businessman worth millions of dollars, allegedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.082 percent—over the legal limit in California—after he crashed his late-model Porsche into an SUV. The blood sample, the DA’s office said, was obtained two hours after the collision.
“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 office said in a statement in late June.
Napa County officials said in a letter issued around the same time that they will not release body camera footage of the arrest.
Days after his arrest, a spokesman for Paul Pelosi told news outlets that reports about the incident were erroneous but did not elaborate on why.
“Mr. Pelosi was attending a dinner party at the home of friends near Oakville,” Larry Kramer, Pelosi’s spokesman, said in late May. “He left that party at 10:15 p.m. Saturday, to drive to his home a short distance away. He was alone in his car,” he said.
And Kramer added that “Mr. Pelosi was fully cooperative with California Highway Patrol officers who arrived a few minutes later.”
Since his arrest on May 28, Speaker Pelosi has not made any public comments. A spokesperson for the House speaker, who was in Rhode Island when the crash and arrest occurred, has said it is a private matter.
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