Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, pleaded not guilty Wednesday for driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and driving with a blood alcohol level of .08% or higher causing injury.
His lawyer, Amanda Bevins, appeared on his behalf at an arraignment in Napa County Superior Court in California and pleaded not guilty to the charges, which were later handed down. Pelosi was arrested on May 28 after being involved in a nighttime collision.
Pelosi, who did not appear in court on Wednesday, will remain free on her own recognizance and is due back in court on August 23.
The 82-year-old was trying to cross SR-29 in late May when a 2014 Jeep traveling north on the road struck his 2021 Porsche, according to a California Highway Patrol crash report. The vehicles sustained “extensive sustained impact damage,” according to a criminal complaint.
The complaint noted that Pelosi was operating his vehicle “while under the influence of alcohol and drugs and their combined effects.” Authorities said in the complaint that Pelosi, when asked for identification at the scene, gave officers his license and an “11-99 Foundation” card. It is the foundation of the California Highway Patrol charity, which provides “emergency assistance to California Highway Patrol employees and scholarships for their children,” according to website.
The penalty for the misdemeanor charges includes “up to five years of probation, at least five days in jail, installation of an ignition interlock device, fines and fees, completion of a court-ordered drinking driver class and other terms, according to released. from the Napa County District Attorney’s Office.
Pelosi completed sobriety tests at the time of the incident that “showed signs of impairment,” according to a criminal complaint. The criminal complaint noted that the California Highway Patrol determined that Pelosi was “the cause of the collision.”
Originally from San Francisco, he has been married to Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, since 1963. The two have five children.