Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was arrested in May for driving under the influence and causing a collision. On Tuesday, Pelosi pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five days in jail, but he will not be required to serve that time.
Judge Joseph Solga subtracted four days from the sentence – two days that Pelosi already spent in jail and two days of good conduct credit. With only one day remaining in the jail sentence, the judge ordered him instead to participate in an eight-hour work program, reported Fox News Digital.
Pelosi was also sentenced to participate in a three-month drunk driving program, one year with an ignition interlock device on his vehicle, three years of probation, and $7,000 in restitution payments.
He was initially charged with two misdemeanors following the car accident. Pelosi was released from Napa County Department of Corrections custody in May on $5,000 bail, the Associated Press reported. On August 3, he pleaded not guilty to both charges. On Tuesday, one of the two charges was dropped.
Pelosi was not present in the courtroom for either court date but had his lawyer, Amanda Bevins, appear on his behalf.
The accident occurred on May 28 and involved his 2021 Porsche and a 2014 Jeep. It caused "major collision damage" to the other vehicle, and the driver stated "that he had begun suffering pain in his upper right arm, right shoulder and neck the day after the crash."
When police officers arrived at the scene, Pelosi reportedly handed them his California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation membership card. The organization provides "emergency benefits and assistance to CHP employees and their families and scholarships to their children." Fox News Digital reported that the charity "was reviewing Pelosi's membership due to the incident."
On "Jesse Watters Primetime," DUI attorney in Napa County Ryan Wilber stated that Pelosi received special treatment. He said, "I have personally handled many cases where there is an allegation of injury, and almost the knee-jerk reaction when prosecutors get that information across their desk is that it's a felony, and maybe they'll reduce it later. But it almost always, almost always, starts off as a felony. And my understanding of the injuries in this case, it was shocking to me to see that it was not filed as a felony right away."
The news outlet reported that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to comment, and her office referred to her husband's arrest as a "private matter."