Paul Pelosi pleaded not guilty to two DUI charges stemming from his drunk driving arrest in May.
Mr. Pelosi was a no-show in court on Wednesday, however an attorney pleaded not guilty on his behalf in a Napa County court.
Pelosi will remain free until his next court date which is set for August 23.
If convicted, Pelosi faces up to five years probation and a minimum of five days in jail.
Fox News reported:
A lawyer for Paul Pelosi, the multimillionaire husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, appeared on his behalf in a Napa County, California, court for his arraignment on DUI charges Wednesday morning.
The attorney, Amanda Bevins, entered a plea of not guilty to both counts on her client’s behalf before Napa County Superior Court Judge Monique Langhorne.
He faces two misdemeanor charges, DUI causing injury and driving with a blood alcohol level of .08% causing injury.
Aimee McLeod, a deputy district attorney in Napa County, appeared for the prosecution.
Pelosi will remain free on his own recognizance and is due back in court on Aug. 23 at 9 a.m. PT for a settlement conference.
The parties could discuss the possibility of a plea agreement, continue the case or prepare for trial, Bevins said.
As previously reported, according to court documents, Paul Pelosi, husband to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, slurred his speech and had a ‘drug’ in his system during his drunk driving arrest on May 28.
Mr. Pelosi also handed the arresting officers an “11-99 Foundation” card along with his ID to show he supports police officers (bribe?).
Pelosi had red, watery eyes, was “unsteady on his feet” and “he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath.”
“Pelosi allegedly injured the other driver “while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and a drug and under their combined influence,” the first count in the two-charge complaint reads.” Fox News reported.
According to the report, Pelosi pulled out onto S-29 to cross it, ignoring a stop sign, and was struck by Jesus V. Lopez, who was driving a 2014 Jeep. Lopez was reportedly traveling northbound on the state road.
The Jeep sustained “major collision damage.”