On the 28th of May, police detained Paul Pelosi after his 2021 Porsche crashed into a 2014 Jeep at a Highway 29 intersection. His blood alcohol level was .082 percent. The California legally-allowed limit for alcohol is .08 percent. The two charges brought in the Napa district attorney's office are “driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and driving with a .08% blood alcohol level or higher and causing injury,” according to the Napa Valley Register.
The release from the district attorney stated that DUI charges can range from the felony and misdemeanor categories under California law, based on the “extent of the injuries suffered by the victim.”
“This decision is consistent with how our office handles these cases with similar injuries,” the press release said.
Paul Pelosi has not stated whether he intends to contest the charges. The punishment for which is “fines and fees, up to five years of probation, a minimum of five days in jail, installation of an ignition interlock device and completion of a court-ordered drunken driver class, among others,” according to the Register.
Pelosi has been scheduled to appear in the Napa County Superior Court on the 3rd of August.
The district attorney's office also denied claims from those who are conservative that allegations against Paul Pelosi were immediately dropped and that the office was notified of numerous “angry calls” based on false information.
“There's been bad information pushed out and sometimes the rumors can, they travel quickly on social media,” said Henry Wofford, public information officer with the Napa County Sheriff's office. “If something doesn't sound right we encourage them to check out our social media web pages or give us a call to check whether it's accurate or not.”
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has yet to release bodycam footage from Pelosi's arrest in the fear that it might “jeopardize” the investigation.
“The Public Records Unit (PRU) has determined the Department possesses records responsive to your request,” the CHP stated in response to a request by Fox News. “However, the Napa County District Attorney's Office has advised that the release documents could jeopardize the ongoing investigation. Therefore, the documents are being held under Government Code section 6254 (f).”