The House Speaker’s husband, Nancy Pelosi, was arrested for impaired driving after an accident in Napa, California.
Paul Pelosi, 82, was arrested before midnight Saturday in Napa County and sent to jail on two counts – driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher. The incident was first reported by TMZ, citing publicly available arrest records.
Both are misdemeanors. Bail for Mr. Pelosi on both charges has been set at $5,000. Napa County jail records said Pelosi was taken into custody just after 4 a.m. and released around 7 a.m.
The crash happened north of Yountville at the intersection of State Route 29 and Walnut Lane, the California Highway Patrol said in a news release. The intersection is about five miles south of Pelosi’s vineyard in St. Helena.
The 2021 Porsche Mr Pelosi was driving was hit by a 2014 Jeep as he entered the intersection, driving around a stop sign, according to an arrest report. No injuries were reported.
Ms Pelosi’s spokesman Drew Hammill said: ‘The President will not comment on this private matter which occurred while she was on the East Coast.
Mr. Pelosi and his wife have been married for nearly 60 years. The speaker stayed across the country on Sunday, where she delivered a keynote address at Brown University. She did not mention her husband’s arrest, according to The hill.
The speaker’s husband was previously under scrutiny due to the lucrative stock trades he made while his wife remains one of the most powerful people in Washington. A growing wave of government ethics hawks, including some members of Congress, are calling for an end to the practice of allowing members of Congress or their spouses to trade in stocks.
Ms Pelosi herself does not drink, according to her family members and her senior spokesperson. This fact about the speaker came to light in March of this year when freshman congresswoman Madison Cawthorn, who this month lost her own main battle, accused her of being drunk during an event.
Arresting a spouse for drunk driving in an election year is the furthest thing from an ideal development for any politician, let alone a significant development, but Ms Pelosi is not considered as being in electoral jeopardy given that she faces no real competitive primary opponents and resides in a deep blue neighborhood. California’s primary elections are set to take place within a week from Tuesday.