Paul Pelosi pleads not guilty to misdemeanor DUI charges

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The husband of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pleaded not guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor driving under the influence on charges related to a May car crash in the northern wine country of California.

Paul Pelosi, 82, did not appear in person in Napa County Superior Court on Wednesday. His attorney Amanda Bevins pleaded not guilty for him to driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or higher causing injury.

State law allows DUI defendants to appear through their attorney, unless the court orders otherwise.

He was arrested following a May 28 accident in Napa County, north of San Francisco, after a DUI test showed he had a blood alcohol level of 0.082%. The blood sample was taken about two hours after the collision at 10:17 p.m., the Napa County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

Pelosi was driving a 2021 Porsche through an intersection near the wine town of Yountville that was hit by a 2014 Jeep, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Prosecutors dismissed the case as a misdemeanor due to injuries sustained by the 48-year-old driver of the Jeep. They did not describe the injuries or provide more information about the other driver, saying the person requested confidentiality.

Pelosi was released on $5,000 bail after his arrest.

If convicted, Pelosi faces up to a minimum of five days in jail and up to five years probation. He would also be required to complete a drunk driving class and install an ignition interlock in his vehicle – a breathalyzer that requires the driver to blow into it before driving the vehicle, prosecutors said.

Pelosi has been married to the powerful Democratic president since 1963. She is traveling to Asia this week.

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