House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, was involved in a car crash in late May. The fallout from that incident continues to plague the power couple as the case makes its way through the courts.
Paul Pelosi pleaded not guilty to DUI charges during his arraignment Wednesday, the Conservative Brief reported. The 82-year-old was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, causing injury and driving with a .08% blood alcohol level or higher.
After leaving a dinner party on May 28, Paul Pelosi reportedly crashed his car in Napa County as he was crossing an intersection. He was arrested and slapped with two alcohol-related motor vehicle charges.
Police have refused to release the body camera footage from his arrest. However, Paul Pelosi’s attorney said he was “fully cooperative with California Highway Patrol officers.”
The Speaker was on the east coast at the time of the incident and Paul Pelosi was alone in his car. After his recent court appearance, the judge released Paul Pelosi on his own recognizance and is set to appear again in court on Aug. 23.
Paul Pelosi could be looking at a minimum of five days in jail and five years probation if he’s found guilty, Fox News reported. He may also be required to take a “drinking driver class” and install a device that requires him to pass a breathalyzer test before starting his vehicle.
Prior to this recent scandal, Pelosi had faced public scrutiny for suspiciously well-timed stock transactions. Recently, Paul Pelosi unloaded millions of dollars worth of stock in the chipmaker Nvidia as the House was planning a vote on subsidies to the industry.
Although nobody was seriously injured in the crash, Paul Pelosi still acted irresponsibly and put lives at risk. It’s possible that he thought he could act with impunity thanks to his powerful spouse — but this time, he’s left to face the consequences of his actions.