NAPA – Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was charged Thursday with driving under the influence.
Paul Pelosi, 82, was, north of San Francisco, after a DUI test showed he had a blood alcohol level of 0.082%. The blood sample was taken about two hours after the collision at 10:17 p.m., the Napa County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
He was driving a 2021 Porsche through an intersection near the town of Yountville and was hit by a 2014 Jeep, according to the California Highway Patrol.
He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or more causing injury.
Prosecutors said under California law, the charges can be filed as a felony or a misdemeanor.
“Based on the extent of the injuries sustained by the victim, the district attorney filed misdemeanor charges,” the office said.
The office did not describe the 48-year-old Jeep driver’s injuries or provide other information about the person, saying it had requested confidentiality. The driver of the Jeep was not arrested.
Larry Kamer, a spokesman for Paul Pelosi, declined to comment on the charges Thursday. An email seeking comment from Nancy Pelosi’s office was not immediately returned.
After his arrest, Paul Pelosi was released on $5,000 bail. He is due in court on August 3. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.
If found guilty, he would face up to a minimum of five days in prison and up to five years probation. He would also be required to complete a drunk driving class and install an ignition interlock in his vehicle – a breathalyzer that requires the driver to blow into it before driving the vehicle, prosecutors said.
Paul and Nancy Pelosi have been married since 1963.