It was reported over the weekend that Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in their home state of California.
Additional details on that incident released by law enforcement now reveal that Pelosi was involved in a minor two-vehicle accident just prior to his DUI arrest, The Hill reported.
According to a spokesperson for the Speaker, she was not with her husband at the time of the incident and will not be commenting publicly on the matter.
Arrested and charged with DUI
It was celebrity gossip site TMZ that first reported Sunday how Paul Pelosi had been arrested late Saturday night and booked into jail early Sunday morning on a DUI charge.
Indeed, the public booking report for Napa County showed that Pelosi was arrested at 11:44 pm Saturday and was booked into the county jail at 4:13 am Sunday with a bond of $5,000.
It had been doubtful from the start that Speaker Pelosi had been with her husband at the time of the incident since she appeared as scheduled Sunday morning to deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree at the graduation ceremony for Brown University in Rhode Island.
Involved in a car accident
CBS News reported Tuesday that, according to the California Highway Patrol, Paul Pelosi had been arrested for alleged DUI after being involved in a two-vehicle accident Saturday night.
Per the police, Pelosi’s 2021 Porsche had been hit by a 2014 Jeep as Pelosi attempted to cross an intersection on a state road. Nobody was injured in the collision and the Jeep’s driver was not arrested.
A spokesperson for Speaker Pelosi told CBS that her husband had attended a dinner party with friends Saturday evening and was driving the “short distance” home by himself when the collision occurred.
However, the spokesperson said Pelosi left the party at 10:15 pm while the arrest for DUI didn’t happen until an hour and a half later. Nonetheless, Pelosi was said to have been “fully cooperative” with the authorities and his processing was completed around 7:30 am Sunday.
Will the media press Pelosi on husband’s DUI arrest?
Speaker Pelosi will undoubtedly attempt to dodge any questions of accountability related to her husband’s arrest in light of the fact that she was on the opposite side of the country when it occurred, and a generally friendly mainstream media will likely comply and not press the matter with her.
That said, we all know that a similar situation would be handled much differently by the media if it were the spouse of a prominent Republican politician who had been arrested for DUI following a vehicular accident, regardless of the specific location and non-involvement of the politician in relation to the incident.