Paul Pelosi, the 82 year-old husband of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), was arrested on Saturday night and charged with a DUI. Now, disturbing new details have emerged about his arrest.
Daily Mail reported that Paul was arrested at 10:22 pm on Saturday night in Napa, California after he pulled his Porsche out onto the highway into the path of a 48-year-old man who was driving a Jeep. Arrest records show that Paul was driving eastbound on Walnut Lane, a quiet street lined with trees in Oakville, five miles south of the Pelosi family’s vineyard in St Helena.
Paul blew past a stop sign when he drove out onto S-29 to try to cross it. He was then struck by a 2014 Jeep that was traveling northbound on the state road. Thankfully, neither driver was injured.
After being found to have been over the legal blood alcohol limit, Paul was booked on two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or higher. He was released sometime on Sunday on $5,000 bail, according to the San Francisco Gate.
Nancy has yet to make any mention of her husband’s arrest, and she still gave a commencement speech to graduating students at Brown University in Rhode Island on Sunday.
“The Speaker will not be commenting on this private matter which occurred while she was on the East Coast,” her spokesperson told CNN.
Though her family owns a vineyard in Napa, Nancy has claimed that she does not drink alcohol.
Neighbors were surprised by Paul’s arrest for driving under the influence.
“It probably tracks more with the younger Paul,” said one neighbor, referring to Nancy’s 53 year-old son Paul Pelosi Jr.
“I wouldn’t be going to the kinds of fundraisers and parties they go to,” the neighbor added. “I don’t like them very much or find them very interesting.”
Nancy and Paul have been married since 1963, and they have five children together. While speaking at Brown on Sunday, Nancy urged the students to unite our deeply divided country, which is ironic coming from her in the eyes of many who feel that she’s played a huge role in creating these divisions.
“I urge you to bring this spirit of unity to whatever you do,” Nancy said, according to The Hill. “It’s no secret that you graduate in a country deeply divided socially, politically, culturally. And there’s even more dangerous factions [that] seek to dispense with democracy altogether, but, graduates, you are our hope.”
Perhaps Nancy’s time would have been better spent over the weekend keeping her own husband in line.