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Paul Pelosi DUI case: He’s absent as not guilty plea is entered

The husband of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi pleaded not guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence related to a May car crash in Napa County.

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

California law allows for DUI misdemeanor defendants to appear through their attorney unless ordered otherwise by the court.

Pelosi was arrested following a May 28 crash near Yountville after a DUI test showed he had a blood alcohol content level of 0.082%. The blood sample was taken about two hours after the collision, the Napa County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

Pelosi’s 2021 Porsche collided in an intersection with a 2014 Jeep at 10:17 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

Prosecutors filed the case as a misdemeanor because of the injuries sustained by the 48-year-old driver of the Jeep. They have not described the injuries or provided more information about the other driver, saying the person has requested privacy.

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

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

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

Source: Orange County Register

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