Pelosi’s Situation Goes From Bad To Worse

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

On Tuesday (August 23), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge related to a crash he was involved in May of this year.

His guilty plea resulted in a five-day jail sentence and three years of probation.

Yet Pelosi received good conduct credit for two days and had already been jailed for two days following the crash, resulting in Paul Pelosi only serving eight hours in the court’s work program for the remaining day. This is the ruling by Napa County Superior Court Judge Joseph Solga.

Paul Pelosi hadn’t attended his sentencing, which is allowed by California, as the state enables DUI misdemeanor defendants to have their lawyers appear on their behalf unless otherwise ordered by the court.

Part of Paul Pelosi’s probation also requires the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to attend a three-month drinking driver course. He will also have to install an ignition interlock device in his car that would only allow him to turn the engine on after passing a breathalyzer.

He will also be required to pay $7,000 in fines and restitution — $5,000 in restitution for the medical bills of the driver of the other vehicle and $2,000 in fines.

The sentencing comes nearly three months after Pelosi’s May 28 crash in Napa Valley. Following the crash — which took place after 10 pm — a DUI test showed Pelosi had a blood alcohol level of .082 percent.

The crash also gained additional scrutiny after it emerged that Pelosi handed California Highway Patrol officers responding to the crash his “11-99 Foundation” card when they asked him for I.D.

The 11-99 Foundation offers emergency assistance to employees of the CHP and scholarships to their kids.