We told you how the D.A. In Napa County, Paul Pelosi has been charged as the husband of Nancy Pelosi (D.CA). His charges included driving while under the influence and causing injury, as well as driving with blood alcohol levels of at least.08 percent.
The speaker’s husband, Paul Pelosi, has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and driving with .08% blood alcohol level, per Napa County DA. It’s a misdemeanor charge pic.twitter.com/ewHxkrlzPI
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 23, 2022
These two are charged by the DA as misdemeanors. They note that’s based on the injury and is consistent with the way they normally charge things. Yes, that’s normal that they judge by the seriousness of the injury. So either that’s an indication that a) there was an injury, but it wasn’t serious or b) there’s a more serious injury and he’s getting a break. Now one of the problems, in this case, has been that they haven’t been releasing all the information. There hasn’t been a police report released of the accident and the arrest. Prior news reports had not indicated any injury; now we’re suddenly told “injury.” So what’s the nature of the injury? We don’t know.
His blood alcohol level wasn’t tested until more than two hours after he was arrested at 12:32 a.m. It was 10:17 pm. It was 10:17 p.m.
The punishment for misdemeanor DUI includes “up to five years of probation, a minimum of five days in jail, installation of an ignition interlock device, fines and fees, completion of a court ordered drinking driver class, and other terms as appropriate,” according to the district attorney.
He’s scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 3.
California Highway Patrol denied requests to view the bodycam and other data, saying that it would “jeopardize the investigation.” said it would “jeopardize the investigation.” Meanwhile, the D.A. said in their press release announcing the charges that they can’t release anything because they’re bound by the California Rules of Professional Conduct.
I like when they talk in that statement above about the victim in this case — the man who was hit by Pelosi in the 2014 jeep that he has invoked his rights not to be harassed and they ask the media to respect his wishes. I’m sure he might not want to be bothered. But it also happens to help Paul Pelosi, when you can’t find out what happened and you can’t talk to the victim about it.
But TMZ is reporting information that hasn’t been released:
The CHP officers who responded say Pelosi had “objective signs and symptoms of alcohol intoxication” … such as watery eyes, slurred speech and a “strong odor” of alcohol on his breath. After field sobriety testing, they found signs of impairment.
Interestingly, they also note Pelosi handed officers his “11-99 Foundation” card when they asked him for ID. CHP officers with families receive financial support and scholarships from the foundation.
That’s a subtle hint to “give me a break.”
Police also note the victim reported pain in his arm, shoulder and neck, had trouble lifting things … and was seeking medical care from his doctor.
It could mean trouble lifting items or that there is a more serious condition. But because they’re not officially telling us, we’re left to speculate.
Fox’s Jesse Watters let loose on “Paulie P” (as he terms him) on his show after the charges were announced, talking about a New York Times story that had more revelations.
— Jesse Watters Primetime (@jesseprimetime) June 23, 2022
Paul Pelosi recently underwent cataract surgery. This may not be the most effective defense.
It may not have been only alcohol that hindered Paul Pelosi’s driving. Two Pelosis friends who spoke with them since the crash confirmed that Paul Pelosi had been to cataract surgery just days before. The estimates of when it’s acceptable to drive vary between doctors, ranging from 24 hours up to 2 weeks.
After the speaker entered crisis mode, he was able to revert back into normalcy. Larry Kamer was retained by the speaker, who is a crisis manager with a Napa home and worked for prominent clients like Nike and Harvard University. The family also consulted with John Keker, one of San Francisco’s most prominent defense lawyers, and Lee Houskeeper, a longtime public relations executive for San Francisco political types, including former Mayor Willie Brown.
The newly assembled team had to deal with a few unwelcome certainties: The accident would refocus attention on Paul Pelosi’s troubled driving record, including a crash when he was a teenager that left his brother dead. It would also send reporters — from TMZ to The Napa Valley Register — scrambling after every detail.
The Times notes that Nancy and Paul were also in the car when it flipped in the 1970s. “No one was hurt, and Nancy Pelosi hitched a ride to go meet donors. The Pelosi camp declined to comment to The New York Times on who was driving.”
Watters pointed out that the Times reported there was an eyewitness to the accident, which is a good thing for Paul Pelosi.
Among the powerful political and social figures who inhabit the Pelosis’ world, there was abundant sympathy and some protectiveness after what happened over Memorial Day weekend.
One witness said the cars had been totaled and Paul Pelosi was seen sitting in the car for several minutes before the fire department arrived. [….]
Local residents also suggested that driving drunk in Napa was treated with understanding and not criminal prosecutions in an earlier time.
“I feel just awful about what’s happened because there was a time when if a thing like this happened, the cops would take you home,” said society doyenne Diane Wilsey, better known as Dede.
He could have murdered someone, but he didn’t. The witness was standing on the other side of the road. Watters believes the witness was inside the vehicle. We don’t know that. But again, this is the problem you get when you don’t release the information, so we can get an accurate record of the facts. Watters stated that police wouldn’t confirm or denial that the person in his car was there. Watters explains that the sheriff who had arrived on the scene said he knew the answer as to whether there was anyone in the car but he couldn’t tell them. Watters also noted that Watters’ team had asked local firefighters if they had information about the accident. The D.A. doesn’t give up the information, they’ll be taking them to court to get it.
Whew. We weren’t kidding when we said there were a lot of questions here to be answered.