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The House Speaker’s megamillionaire husband, Nancy Pelosi, reportedly drove under the influence of alcohol in Napa County, Calif., on Saturday night instead of calling an Uber or taxi, resulting in a car accident and thousands of dollars for his bond after his arrest on suspicion of drunk driving.
The California Highway Patrol said Paul Pelosi, 82, was driving a 2021 Porsche that was hit by a 2014 Jeep as Pelosi’s car attempted to cross State Route 29 in Napa, according to multiple reports.
None of the drivers involved in the crash were injured and an investigation is ongoing, the CHP said.
Paul Pelosi was arrested at 11:44 p.m. and charged with driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or more and driving under the influence of alcohol, both misdemeanors. He was taken to the Napa Valley Detention Center at 4:13 a.m. Sunday on bail set at $5,000 and released at 7:26 a.m., Napa County records show.
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President Pelosi, D-California, is one of the wealthiest members of Congress, with a net worth of at least $114 million, according to her 2018 Personal Financial Disclosure. Paul Pelosi has amassed more than $100 million. dollars from his San Francisco-based venture capital firm, Financial Leasing Services, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
It is unclear whether, prior to the accident, Pelosi was heading to the vineyard he and President Pelosi owned as recently as last year. However, if he was driving from Napa to San Francisco, where the Pelosi family owns several properties, and had chosen Uber instead of driving, it would have cost around $103.90. A black SUV for the ride, Uber’s most expensive option, would have cost just $329.54. There are also several hotel options in the Napa area starting around $150.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a first drunk driving offense can cost a driver up to $10,000 in fines and legal fees.
The NHTSA estimates that 32 people in the United States die every day in drunk driving crashes, or one person every 45 minutes.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the average drunk driver drove drunk more than 80 times before their first arrest.
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Nancy Pelosi, who has been married to her husband since 1963 and has five children with him, was in Rhode Island on Saturday to deliver the commencement address at Brown University.
“The speaker will not comment on this private matter that occurred while she was on the East Coast,” her spokesperson told Fox News on Sunday.
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