On Tuesday, California Highway Patrol released photos and videos from the May 28 car crash caused by the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Paul Pelosi, who was drunk when the crash occurred.
Pelosi was sentenced to five days in jail and three years of probation by Napa County Superior Court Judge Joseph Solga on Tuesday. He already served two days immediately after the crash that he will receive credit for, and he will receive credit for two more days due to good behavior.
Rather than spending the final day of the sentence in jail, Pelosi will complete an 8-hour court work program. In addition, Pelosi will pay thousands of dollars in fines, attend a three-month drunk driver class and install a breathalyzer device in his car that will only allow the car to start after he has blown into it and the device confirms that he has not been drinking.
The newly released video shows Pelosi struggling to perform field sobriety tests, needing to balance himself on the police patrol car.
Highway Patrol officers said that his eyes appeared “red and watery,” and he was obviously drunk.
“He was unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred and he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath,” a complaint from the night states.
Pelosi, 82, was arrested on May 28 after a drunk-driving crash in which he smashed into a Jeep after dining in a local restaurant. Pelosi tried to give highway patrol officers a police courtesy card when they arrived, then blew a blood-alcohol level of .082% after failing a field sobriety test.
Pelosi was driving back to the home he shares with the speaker of the House in St. Helena, California, when the crash occurred on State Route 29. The driver of the other vehicle, Jesus Lopez, 48, was injured in the crash and complained of having pain in his upper right arm, right shoulder and neck when seen by investigators the following day. In the complaint, Lopez says he began experiencing severe headaches following the crash.
Images of the accident obtained by TMZ show that the damage was worse than originally reported, as Paul Pelosi’s Porsche crashed through a fence in addition to hitting the Jeep. Both vehicles were totaled in the crash.
Pelosi was taken to the Napa County Jail and released at 4:30 a.m. the next day. His wife was in Rhode Island at the time.
Napa County District Attorney Allison Haley charged Pelosi on June 23 with one count of DUI causing injury, and another of driving with .08% blood alcohol level or higher causing injury.
The charges filed against Pelosi are considered misdemeanors rather than much more severe felony charges, and a press release from June 23 states that the decision for pressing misdemeanor charges were based “upon the extent of the injuries suffered by the victim.”
The punishment for misdemeanor DUI includes “up to five years of probation, a minimum of five days in jail, installation of an ignition interlock device, fines and fees, completion of a court ordered drinking driver class, and other terms as appropriate,” according to Haley.
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