On Tuesday morning, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s husband pleaded guilty to one DUI count. The guilty plea was done through the attorney for Paul Pelosi, 82, for driving while drunk and injuring another driver in Napa, California.
Paul Pelosi had the luxury of not attending the court hearing, will have to serve three years of probation as part of his plea deal. Pelosi’s attorney, Amanda Bevins, entered the plea on his behalf at the Napa County Superior Court hearing, and the hearing was streamed on Zoom.
The terms of his probation include five days in jail, but Pelosi will be given credit for four days, Judge Joseph Solga said.
The remaining day will be served on a court work program, the judge added. Pelosi will also have to complete a three-month drunk-driving course and an ignition locking device will be placed on his car for one year.
Deputy District Attorney Aimee McLeod agreed to the probation terms, which all the parties described as consistent with how first-time DUIs are typically treated in the court.
McLeod told judge Solga that she has spoken repeatedly to the victim, who has sought medical care from a chiropractor since he was injured in the May 28 crash.
“The victim sought restitution from Pelosi, which was paid immediately, McLeod said. He was also paid to replace his totaled car, she added” notes the New York Post.
Paul Pelosi is a multimillionaire real estate investor and venture capitalist. Officers on the scene say he allegedly reeked of booze and slurred his words when officers arrived at the scene of the crash and found him sitting in the driver’s seat of his Porsche, according to the criminal complaint filed.
“His eyes appear red/watery, he was unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred, and he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath,” the complaint reads.
Pelosi’s blood alcohol content was .082%, according to court documents. The New York Post reports “his lawyer has said Pelosi was driving home from a friend’s house to the nearby $5 million vineyard, River Run, that he owns with his wife, the longtime California Democratic congresswoman, in St. Helena.”