Paul Pelosi, who is the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has pleaded guilty to a DUI for which he was arrested back in May.
Prosecutors confirmed that Paul Pelosi pleaded guilty Tuesday to the DUI, causing injury in connection to a May car crash, however the second charge of driving with a .08% blood alcohol level or higher causing injury was dropped.
The complaint noted that “while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and a drug and under their combined influence.” Authorities said in the complaint that when asked for ID at the scene, Pelosi handed the officers both his license and an “11-99 Foundation” card.
The foundation is the California Highway Patrol charity, which “provides emergency assistance to California Highway Patrol employees and scholarships to their children,” as per their website.
Paul Pelosi, 82, who did not attend the court hearing, will be required to serve three years of probation as part of the plea deal. His attorney, Amanda Bevins, entered the plea on his behalf at the Napa County Superior Court hearing. As per California law, a defendant is not obliged to appear in court unless summoned by a judicial officer.
Part of Judge Joseph Solga’s sentence is 5 days in jail; however, Paul Pelosi will be credited with 2 days he served in jail following his arrest along with 2 days for good conduct while in jail. His 5th day will be served on a court sponsored work program. The judge also ordered Pelosi to pay a fine of $1,723.
Deputy District Attorney Aimee McLeod accepted the probation terms, which she said are consistent with how first-time offenders for DUI’s are sentenced.
McLeod said she has been in regular contact with the victim who sought compensation for medical bills, which included several trips to a chiropractor. McLeod confirmed that Paul Pelosi paid close to $5,000 for medical bills and also covered the costs of the victim’s car.
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