Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was arrested under suspicion of DUI last month, according to local authorities. Since then, the Mr. Pelosi’s incident has become shrouded in mystery, due both to fake news spreading online and to the House speaker’s refusal to comment on the subject.
Now, the public can glimpse some newly released information: Mr. Pelosi’s mugshot.
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County officials told KRON on Monday that the Napa County Department of Corrections — not the prosecutor — decides whether to release mugshots.
“Mr. Pelosi received the same treatment under that policy that all individuals released from County Jail receive,” county officials told the outlet.
Mr. Pelosi was arrested while returning to his vineyard after a dinner party, his lawyer told reporters last month.
The arrest came after Pelosi, 82, drove a 2021 Porsche into an intersection near the town of Yountville and a driver in a 2014 Jeep crashed into his vehicle, according to authorities. The driver of the Jeep was not arrested and no injuries were reported. Pelosi could face misdemeanor charges such as driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or higher.
In the mugshot, Mr. Pelosi was wearing a button-down shirt and a brown spring jacket.
Take a look —
UPDATE: Mugshot of Paul Pelosi, husband of @SpeakerPelosi, after he was arrested by @CHP_Napa for DUI on Hwy 29 in Oakville. @CountyofNapa DA reviewing case to determine whether he will be formally charged pic.twitter.com/31fpivrgyW
— Henry K. Lee (@henrykleeKTVU) June 13, 2022
So far, speaker Pelosi has stayed silent on her husband’s big scandal, just as she’s remained silent on his stock trades.
Last month, her spokesperson Drew Hammill told the Associated Press, “The Speaker will not be commenting on this private matter which occurred while she was on the East Coast.” The House speaker was giving the commencement address at Brown University in Rhode Island on the day of her husband’s arrest.
The newly released mugshot has increased the push for the speaker to comment. One reporter tweeted, “There it is. Paul Pelosi’s mugshot. Any comment, @SpeakerPelosi?”
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The new statements from local officials have also debunked some fake news about the incident.
This week, posts claiming that all DUI charges against Pelosi were dropped spread widely on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
For example, Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., claimed on Twitter that all charges were dropped against Mr. Pelosi.
“Paul Pelosi’s DUI charges have been dropped,” Boebert tweeted on Wednesday, to more than 11,000 shares. “Is anyone really surprised?”
Another Twitter user wrote, “All DUI charges have been dropped against Paul Pelosi. Apparently it’s totally legal for a Democrat to drive drunk and crash into another car.”
Prosecutors are still reviewing the case and still deciding whether to file charges against Paul Pelosi, the district attorney said in a news release to the Associated Press.
“The case is currently under review to decide what, if any, charges will be filed against Mr. Pelosi,” Napa County District Attorney Allision Haley said in the statement. “This is standard protocol for any DUI case that is referred by a law enforcement agency in Napa County.”
“No decision has been made at this time,” she added. “Any speculation to the contrary is incorrect.”
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Mr. Pelosi was released on May 29 on $5,000 bail, according to the AP. He agreed to a court date of Aug. 3, 2022 in Napa County Superior Court, according to the district attorney’s news release.
If charges are filed, he will be arraigned then.
The Horn editorial team and the Associated Press contributed to this article.