Dash cam footage released of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul, just prior to his DUI arrest on May 28th, demonstrates how inebriated he was, when he was encountered by Police.
In this footage, Pelosi’s speech sounded muffled, slurred and his response to questions put to him was significantly delayed – in fact the officer had to repeat/restate his questions and redirect Pelosi who was fixated on “going home”.
His ability to stand up straight was noticeably impaired, as was his balance, and the officer notes on camera that Pelosi declined to take a voluntary breathalyzer test. Some two hours later, a blood test put his blood alcohol level at 0.82 – definitely over the legal limit. It has been reported that when asked, during his arrest, for his identification, Pelosi flashed his membership card, in the California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation. This was apparently in an attempt to get noticed for his position with that organization.
Pelosi pled guilty to one charge of DUI and was sentenced on a misdemeanor charge not a felony, apparently because neither party at the site, demonstrated significant injuries. He was sentenced to 5 days in jail - but served only two, and was able to work on a court rehabilitation project for eight hours as a part of his sentence.
Further, Pelosi was asked to make restitution to the injured party, go to alcohol / substance abuse counseling for three months, fined $150, and forced to place an ignition monitoring device on his car for over a year. He was also sentenced to three years-probation.
Lastly, it has also been reported that there is some question as whether Pelosi will lose his California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation membership, because he acted as though, under the circumstances, that he was making note of the fact that he was a member and supporter for some special treatment.
This public display, of a lack of good judgement, clearly demonstrates how out of touch the Pelosi’s are with the law, and its intent to hold everyone who breaks it, accountable. While some say that this judgement against Paul Pelosi was very lenient, the fact that he will be living with this event for three years at a minimum, provides some hope that he will not get behind the wheel of a car and endanger others.
“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.”– Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald