(TheConservativeNews.org) – Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, will be arraigned Wednesday morning on a drunken driving allegation stemming from a May crash near the couple’s St. Helena area home, Napa County prosecutors have announced.
Shocking revelations surrounding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband were brought to light on Tuesday when court documents revealed that Paul Pelosi allegedly had a drug in his system when he was arrested on DUI charges.
Further allegations state that Paul Pelosi slurred his speech and tried to hand officers a police courtesy card.
According to court documents, Pelosi allegedly handed officers an “11-99 Foundation” card while he presented his ID. The 11-99 Foundation is a California Highway Patrol charity that supports officers and provides scholarships for their children.
The documents state that during field sobreity testing, Pelosi allegedly exhibited “signs of impairment” and officers “observed objective signs and symptoms of alcohol intoxication.”
The House Speaker’s husband was allegedly “unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred, and he had a strong odor of an alcohol beverage emanating from his breath,” according to the complaint.
The complaint also alleges that Pelosi had “red/watery eyes” at the time of his arrest.
In a statement from the office of District Attorney Allison Haley. Paul Pelosi faces misdemeanor charges of causing injury by driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol level over 0.08%.
Haley’s office had announced June 23 it would file DUI charges against Paul Pelosi in connection with a two-vehicle collision on the night of May 28, on Highway 29 in Oakville.
State law allows Pelosi to be represented at the arraignment through his attorney rather than personally, the District Attorney’s Office said in a news release Monday afternoon.
At an arraignment, the defendant is usually informed of the charges, and can enter a not-guilty plea and have the case continued to a later date, either for a change of plea or to schedule a trial. Defendants in misdemeanor cases who are not in custody have a right to a jury trial within 45 days, but can waive the deadline.
On the night of the crash, Pelosi was driving a 2021 Porsche east on Walnut Lane across Highway 29 when his car collided with a 2014 Jeep on Oakville Cross Road, the California Highway Patrol said at the time. A blood sample taken just over two hours after the crash showed Pelosi had a blood alcohol percentage of 0.082%, the District Attorney’s Office reported earlier.
While DUI resulting in injury can be prosecuted as a felony or misdemeanor in California, Napa County prosecutors filed the lesser charges “consistent with how our office handles these cases with similar injuries,” the DA’s Office said in an earlier statement.
Punishment for a misdemeanor DUI conviction includes fines, up to five years’ probation, at least five days in jail, a requirement to install an ignition interlock, and completing a court-ordered class for drunken drivers.