(The Hill) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) husband, Paul Pelosi, has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor driving under the influence charges.
Paul, 82, did not show up in person at Napa County Superior Court on Wednesday and his attorney, Amanda Bevins, entered his not guilty pleas, which is permissible by California law for DUI misdemeanor defendants.
The case was filed as a misdemeanor due to the injuries of the 48-year-old driver of the 2014 Jeep that Paul hit while driving his 2021 Porsche. However, the injuries of the Jeep driver were not described and further information on the defendant was not given because of the person’s request for privacy.
Paul was arrested and charged with driving under the influence in May while driving late at night in Northern California’s wine country. The incident happened while his wife was preparing a commencement speech in Rhode Island for Brown University.
Paul husband was charged with driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher, according to his booking report. He was later released on a $5,000 bail following his arrest.
Law enforcement arrested Paul approximately 80 minutes after their arrival at the scene of the incident.
A representative for Paul said previously that he had been at a dinner party until about 10:15 p.m., and then drove the “short distance” home by himself. The representative added that Paul was “fully cooperative” with authorities and that processing took until 7:30 a.m. the day following his arrest.
If convicted, Paul faces up to a minimum of five days in jail and up to five years of probation. He would also be required to complete a class on drunk driving and install an ignition interlock device in his vehicle — a breathalyzer that requires the driver to blow into it before operating the vehicle, according to the case’s prosecutors.
The Pelosis have been married since 1963.