Although news broke more than a month ago that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband was arrested for driving under the influence, few additional details surfaced in the following days and weeks.
Recent updates provided additional context to the events that led to Paul Pelosi’s arrest on the evening of May 28.
According to a police report released publicly this week, he was driving a 2021 Porsche shortly after 10 p.m. when he crashed into another vehicle, resulting in serious damage to both automobiles and minor injuries to the other driver.
Emergency personnel arrived on the scene a short time later and a Napa County sheriff’s deputy was the first law enforcement officer to begin investigating.
By the time a California state trooper showed up, Pelosi – the lone occupant of the vehicle – was still inside and the driver of the other vehicle was standing outside. Neither motorist required medical services.
As the other driver later told prosecutors, he experienced headaches, weakness, and pain throughout his upper body in the days after the crash.
In addition to his identification card, Pelosi provided a card showing his affiliation with a charity that benefits the California Highway Patrol.
BREAKING REPORT: Paul Pelosi INJURED DRIVER in May 28th DUI Accident – Court Docs Reveal Pelosi also had DRUG IN HIS SYSTEM and Attempted to Present a GET OUT OF JAIL FREE card…
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If he hoped to persuade the trooper to show leniency by flashing his 11-99 Foundation card, however, it did not seem to work.
The officer subjected him to a field sobriety test after he exhibited signs of intoxication, such as red eyes, an unsteady stance, and “a strong odor of an alcohol beverage emanating from his breath.”
About two hours after his arrest, authorities tested his blood alcohol level, which registered at 0.082. In addition to alcohol intoxication, investigators determined that he was also under the influence of an unspecified drug at the time of the collision.
He is facing two misdemeanor criminal counts and was due in court for an arraignment this week. If convicted on the DUI charge, he could face jail time, fines, court-ordered classes, and up to five years of probation.
For her part, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) declined to publicly comment on the issue, according to a spokesperson who specified that the arrest occurred “while she was on the East Coast.”
The Democratic Party leader has been in the news this week for a visit to Taiwan, which was dubbed a “political provocation” by China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Chinese military staged drills in the region during the speaker’s trip, prompting the G7 intergovernmental political forum to denounce the communist regime’s response.
“There is no justification to use a visit as pretext for aggressive military activity in the Taiwan Strait,” the group asserted. “It is normal and routine for legislators from our countries to travel internationally.”