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An attorney for Paul Pelosi, the multi-millionaire husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, appeared on his behalf in a Napa County, Calif., court for his impaired driving arraignment on Wednesday morning.
Attorney Amanda Bevins pleaded not guilty to both charges on behalf of her client before Napa County Superior Court Judge Monique Langhorne.
Pelosi’s 2021 Porsche and the other driver’s 2014 Jeep suffered “major collision damage” in a crash around 10:17 p.m. on May 28, and responding officers found Pelosi in his driver’s seat in his car damaged near the intersection of California Route 29 and Oakville Cross Route.
He faces two misdemeanor charges, impaired driving causing injury and driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% causing injury.
Napa County Assistant District Attorney Aimee McLeod appeared for the prosecution.
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Pelosi will remain free on his own accord and is due back in court Aug. 23 at 9 a.m. PT for a settlement conference.
The parties could discuss the possibility of a plea deal, pursue the case or prepare for trial, Bevins said.
If convicted, Pelosi could face up to five years probation, a minimum of five days in jail and be ordered to install an ignition interlock device in his car, according to District Attorney Allison Haley’s office. Other penalties could include fines and costs and a court-ordered “drunk driving class.”
The indictment comes a day after Pelosi’s wife, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, rocked US-China relations with a trip to Taiwan, which Beijing considers part of its territory. And it comes a week after reports he sold millions of dollars worth of Nvidia stock ahead of a House vote on a bill that would impact the industry.
A spokesperson for Speaker Pelosi’s office noted that the shares were sold at a loss.
“Mr. Pelosi purchased options to buy shares of this company over a year ago and exercised them on June 17, 2022,” spokesman Drew Hammill said in a statement. “As always, he is not discussing these matters with the President until the transactions have been completed and the required disclosures have been prepared and filed.”
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On the night of the accident, Pelosi allegedly gave officers his driver’s license and an “11-99 Foundation” card when they asked for his ID, according to the documents. The 11-99 Foundation is a California Highway Patrol Charitable Association which supports the officers and offers scholarships to their children.
Pelosi reportedly exhibited “signs of impairment” during field sobriety tests and officers “observed objective signs and symptoms of alcohol intoxication,” according to the documents.
These would have included “red/watery” eyes.
“He was unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred, and he had a strong odor of alcoholic beverages emanating from his breath,” the complaint alleges.
The other driver, identified only as John Doe, was standing in front of an SUV, the documents show.
Both refused medical treatment at the scene, but Doe told Napa County prosecutors on June 2 that he began experiencing pain in his right upper arm, right shoulder, and neck the day after the accident. He also complained of headaches and said it was difficult to lift objects with his right arm, the documents show.
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Pelosi allegedly injured the other driver “under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and a drug and under their combined influence,” says the first count of the two-count complaint.
Investigators later determined that he had a blood alcohol level of 0.082%.
Pelosi’s attorney, Bevins, told Fox News Digital, “I believe the drug reference is statutory boilerplate language in the complaint.”
Previously, descriptions of property damage and injuries resulting from the crash had been withheld.
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Records show Pelosi was released on bail the day after the crash for $5,000.
Office of President Pelosi previously said she would not comment on the incident, which a spokesperson said happened while she was on the other side of the country.