The husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol Sunday morning after he was involved in a vehicle collision, authorities said.
The collision happened at 10:26 pm Saturday when Paul Pelosi tried to cross State Route 29 in unincorporated Oakville, California, and the 2021 Porsche he was driving was struck by a 2014 Jeep, according to a California Highway Patrol collision report.
A responding CHP officer arrested Paul Pelosi, 82, for alleged DUI involving an alcoholic beverage, the agency said in the report, released to news organizations Sunday.
Neither of the drivers in the crash was injured, the CHP said. The cause of the collision remained under investigation.
Pelosi’s attorney, Paul Kramer, said Monday that Pelosi had been headed home from a gathering when the collision and arrest took place.
“Mr. Pelosi was attending a dinner party at the home of friends near Oakville,” Kramer said in a statement. “He left that party at 10:15 PM Saturday, to drive to his home a short distance away. He was alone in his car.”
The lawyer said Pelosi’s vehicle was struck by the other at an intersection.
Kramer added, “Mr. Pelosi was fully cooperative with California Highway Patrol officers who arrived a few minutes later.”
Paul Pelosi was booked into Napa Valley Detention Center just after 4 am, with bail set at $5,000, according to the CHP and court records. Oakville, part of an area known for producing cabernet, is in the Napa Valley portion of California Wine Country.
The Pelosis have a residence and winery in Napa County. The region is north of Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco district.
Her spokesperson, Drew Hammill, said Sunday, “The speaker will not be commenting on this private matter which occurred while she was on the East Coast.”
The arrest was first reported by TMZ.
Court information states that Paul Pelosi was hit with two misdemeanor counts: driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol level above .08.
Paul Pelosi is a wealthy real estate investor who splits his time between San Francisco and Washington, DC A call to a phone number affiliated with him was not returned.
Allie Raffa contributed.