US Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul, 82, is charged with drink driving

US Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband Paul, 82, is charged with drink driving

After a collision last month, authorities in Napa County charged Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with DUI.

He was accused by the Napa County District Attorney’s Office of two misdemeanour counts: one for driving while intoxicated and causing injury and another for driving while intoxicated and causing injury.

The 82-year-old Pelosi was involved in a two-vehicle wreck on a rural road in Napa County at approximately 10:17 p.m. on May 28, the district attorney’s office said in a statement announcing the charging decision.

US Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband Paul, 82, is charged with drink driving

The California Highway Patrol previously said Pelosi was behind the wheel of a Porsche that was hit by a Jeep as Pelosi’s car tried to cross a state road.

A blood sample was taken at 12:32 a.m. His blood-alcohol level was 0.082%, just over California’s legal limit of 0.08%, the statement said. He was booked and released from jail the following day on $5,000 bail.

No one was hurt in the crash, and the driver of the Jeep was not arrested.

In a statement, his lawyer said: ‘Mr. Pelosi was attending a dinner party at the home of friends near Oakville and was driving home alone. The spokesperson said he was “fully cooperative” with authorities.

If convicted as charged, he could face a minimum of five days in jail and up to five years’ probation, along with fines, the district attorney’s office said. His vehicle could also have an ignition interlock device installed. He will appear in court again on August 3.

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