Nancy Pelosi is often in the news, thanks to her position as U.S. House Speaker, but her husband Paul has been the subject of several recent headlines following a drunk-driving accident in May 2022. Let’s take a closer look at the accident, its cause, and its repercussions.
The incident occurred in California’s Napa County on May 28. Police say that Pelosi was driving a Porsche Carrerra when he crashed into an SUV just outside of Yountville. Police arrived and administered a breathalyzer test, which showed Pelosi had a BAC (blood alcohol content) level of 0.082.
The other driver, who has asked not to be named, says that he has incurred neck, shoulder, and arm pain due to the accident.
Police say that Pelosi demonstrated several characteristics of intoxication, including slurred speech and an unsteady gait; they also detected the odor of alcohol when he stepped out of the car.
In August, Pelosi pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI charges. He was sentenced to five days in jail and three years of probation. He had already spent two days in jail before being released on $5,000 bail and will receive credit for the other three.
The judge also ordered Pelosi to install an ignition interlock device on his vehicle, to attend a three-month class on drinking and driving, pay $5,000 in restitution to the victim, and pay approximately $2,000 in fines.
The Blood Alcohol Content Level
The most interesting takeaway from this incident is that Pelosi’s BAC was relatively low compared to many people arrested for DUI. The legal limit in California (and Indiana) is 0.08 percent, but plenty of folks blow much higher.
Even though Pelosi’s BAC, at 0.082, is barely over the legal limit, he was still charged-and taken to jail, where he remained for two days. This shows how seriously law enforcement and the court system take this crime.
Before taking that third or fourth drink, stop and think about how it affects your BAC. Even if you would technically fall under the legal limit, there’s still plenty of danger when you get behind the wheel after imbibing.
If you’ve already been arrested and charged with a DUI, contact Razumich & Associates. You can count on our experience and expertise to secure the best possible outcome in your case. Call us at 317-983-5333 to schedule a consultation, or use this convenient form.