How much time could Nancy Pelosi's husband Paul do in prison? New charges brought in DUI crash

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband was charged with DUI causing injury and could face jail time for alleged drunk driving


                            How much time could Nancy Pelosi's husband Paul do in prison? New charges brought in DUI crash
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul could be sentenced to five years probation, a minimum of five days in jail and other terms for his DUI in May. (Paul Morigi/Getty Images and Napa County Department of Corrections)
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Paul Pelosi, 82, was hit with new charges — including driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and driving with .08% Blood Alcohol Level or higher causing injury, the Napa County District Attorney announced. Nancy Pelosi's husband was arrested in Napa County, California, on Saturday, May 28 for DUI. Paul was arrested after his car crashed at an intersection near Yountville, California. According to the California Highway Patrol and court records, Paul was driving a 2021 Porsche that was hit by a 2014 Jeep as his car tried to cross a state road in Napa County. No one was hurt and the Jeep's driver wasn't arrested, CHP said at that time.

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Paul was booked into the Napa County Detention Center on two DUI-related counts. He was released Sunday morning, May 29, on $5,000 bail, court records show. According to a statement from a representative for Paul, he was attending a dinner party in Oakville and left the party at 10:15 pm. Pelosi was arrested at 11:55 pm. Paul agreed to a court date of August 3 in Napa County Superior Court.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pictured with her husband, Paul Pelosi, on Capitol Hill on January 3, 2019 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

If convicted of the new charges, the House Speaker's husband could face up to five years of probation, a minimum of five days in jail, the installation of an ignition interlock device, and other terms such as completing a court-ordered drinking driver class. Earlier, the Napa County District Attorney’s Office decided it will not release any dash or body camera footage from Paul’s DUI arrest right now because it could "jeopardize" the ongoing investigation, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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The statement from the DA's office came after several false posts were shared on social media during this week claiming that all DUI charges against Paul were dropped. On the day of the arrest, Pelosi was not in California. She was in Providence, Rhode Island, where she received an honorary degree from Brown University and delivered the commencement address to the graduating class.

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Where was Paul Pelosi on night of  arrest?

Paul Pelosi, husband of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), arrives for a reception honoring Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his wife Mareva Mitsotakis in the East Room of the White House on May 16, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The night before, May 28, Pelosi's husband had been in Oakville, among the country’s most exclusive enclaves, leaving a small dinner at estate of Alexander Mehran, a longtime friend and Democratic donor. Paul got behind the wheel of his black 2021 Porsche 911 to drive the 6 miles to their Napa Valley country house. It was around 10 pm, according to a police report and eyewitnesses. However, media reports that it may not have been just the alcohol that caused Paul to get into the accident. The New York Times reports that two people who have spoken with the Pelosis since the crash said that Paul had had cataract surgery in the days preceding the dinner. 

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However, this accident brought back in focus on Paul’s troubled driving record, including a crash when he was a teenager that left his brother dead

Paul and Nancy Pelosi have been married since 1963. The couple has five children and split their time between San Francisco and Washington, DC. The House Speaker’s husband is a successful venture capitalist, and the pair amassed an estimated personal fortune of more than $110 million by 2018, according to Open Secrets, a non-profit that tracks money in politics.

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