It was widely reported over the weekend that the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Paul Pelosi, had been arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol near their home in California.
Further details have since been released about that incident and revealed that Pelosi had been involved in a minor car accident prior to the DUI arrest, the Daily Wire reported.
The House Speaker was not involved in the incident that occurred late Saturday night, however, as she was scheduled to deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree at Brown University’s graduation ceremony on Sunday.
Paul Pelosi booked into jail
Celebrity gossip website TMZ was the first to report Sunday that Paul Pelosi had been arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of DUI late Saturday night/early Sunday morning.
According to the public booking reports for Napa County in California, Pelosi was taken into custody around 11:44 p.m. Saturday and was booked into the jail around 4:30 a.m. Sunday for having a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or more.
Bond for the misdemeanor crimes was reportedly set at $5,000, a relative pittance for a multi-millionaire like Pelosi, so he was able to secure his release from the county jail within hours.
Arrested for DUI following involvement in car accident
The Associated Press reported Monday that it has now been revealed that Paul Pelosi had been involved in a minor vehicular accident just prior to his arrest for suspected DUI.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Pelosi had been driving his 2021 Porsche through an intersection when he was hit by a 2014 Jeep. There were no reported injuries in that accident and the driver of the Jeep was not arrested or charged with any crimes.
Per a statement from Pelosi’s representatives, he had been at a dinner party with some friends earlier in the evening on Saturday and had left alone around 10:15 p.m. to drive a “short distance away” to the Pelosi home when the accident had occurred, CBS News reported.
He reportedly was “fully cooperative” with law enforcement throughout the incident and was ultimately processed and released from jail by 7:30 a.m.
Speaker Pelosi will not be discussing husband’s DUI arrest
It seems unlikely that any additional details will be forthcoming, at least not from Speaker Pelosi herself, according to a statement her chief spokesman, Drew Hammill, provided to the media.
According to the AP, Hammill said, “The Speaker will not be commenting on this private matter which occurred while she was on the East Coast.”