Real estate tycoon Paul Pelosi — the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — was driving home from a dinner party in May, when he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
On Tuesday, Mr. Pelosi showed up to court. He pleaded guilty… and he was sentenced to five days in jail and three years of probation.
Mr. Pelosi had already served two days in jail and received conduct credit for two other days, Napa County Superior Court Judge Joseph Solga told the Associated Press. The businessman will work eight hours in the court’s work program in lieu of the remaining day, Solga said during the sentencing.
Pelosi did not attend the sentencing himself. State law allows for DUI misdemeanor defendants to appear through their attorney unless ordered otherwise by the court.
As part of his probation, Mr. Pelosi will also be required to attend a three-month drinking driver class, and install an ignition interlock device, where the driver has to provide a breath sample before the engine will start. He will also have to pay nearly $7,000 in fines, the judge said.
However, he will be allowed to keep his license, according to The New York Times.
Mr. Pelosi was first arrested after the May 28 crash in Napa County, north of San Francisco, after a DUI test showed he had a blood alcohol content of .082%, just over the legal limit.
Speaker Pelosi was in Rhode Island during the time of the crash and arrest. She declined to comment at the time.
The House speaker has now neglected to comment on a wide array of activities involving her husband. In July, Bloomberg News reported that Mr. Pelosi pocketed $4.8 million by selling stock options for Alphabet, Inc., the parent company of Google. Around that time, the House was set to consider antitrust legislation intended to break up Big Tech.
In response, the House speaker’s office claimed in an email to Bloomberg, “The speaker has no involvement or prior knowledge of these transactions.”
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Officers responding to the crash after 10 p.m. near the wine country town of Yountville said they found Pelosi in the driver’s seat of a 2021 Porsche Carrera and the other driver standing outside a 2014 Jeep, according to the complaint.
California Highway Patrol officers reported that Pelosi was “unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred, and he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage.”
Pelosi offered to officers his driver’s license along with an “11-99 Foundation” card when asked for identification, the complaint says. The 11-99 Foundation supports California Highway Patrol employees and their families.
Prosecutors filed the case as a misdemeanor because of injuries to the 48-year-old driver of the SUV. They have declined to identify the driver, saying the person has requested privacy.
In an interview with investigators from the district attorney’s office, the driver reported pain in his upper right arm, right shoulder and neck the day after the crash. He said he also had headaches.
Mr. Pelosi was released on $5,000 bail after his arrest.
The House speaker still has yet to comment on the case.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.