Paul Pelosi slurred his words and stunk alcohol when he was arrested by police after crashing his Porsche in May.
Pelosi, 82, will be arraigned in Napa, California Wednesday morning — two months after he blew through a stop sign after an angry dinner party, totaled his car and crashed into a Jeep.
He tried to hand over a police card when he was asked for identification by police officers. He also failed a field sobriety test and had a blood alcohol level of 0.82 percent, a complaint filed prior to the hearing showed.
The other driver, Jesus Lopez, 48, was slightly injured in the accident and complained of pain in his upper right arm, right shoulder and back when seen the following day by investigators. He also said he was suffering from a headache.
His wife, Speaker of the House Nancy, was on official business Rhode Island at that time and quickly removed herself from the incident.
She is currently in Taiwan and will meet Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen tomorrow when her husband appears in court.
Paul Pelosi slurred his words and reeked of alcohol when he was picked up by cops after crashing his Porsche on May 28. He is pictured in his booking photo
Cops from the California Highway Patrol arrived on the scene on May 28 at 10:00 PM and found Pelosi sitting in the front seat of his car reeking of booze.
In the new court document, obtained by the New York Post, officials said he also failed a field sobriety test and that his eyes appeared ‘red and watery.’
It continued: ‘He was unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred and he had a strong odor of an alcoholic drink coming from his breath.’
Pelosi was taken to the Napa County Jail, where he was booked at 12:32 a.m. and had a mugshot — showing him disheveled in a brown suit — taken shortly before he was released at 4:30 a.m.
Napa County DA Allison Haley spent weeks debating whether to charge Pelosi — ultimately deciding to hit him with one count of DUI causing injury and another of driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher causing injury at 23 June.
Pelosi, 82, was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning in Napa, Calif. — two months after he blew through a stop sign after a drunken dinner party, totaled his car and crashed into a Jeep
Pelosi failed a field sobriety test and a blood test found he had a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent. On May 28, a policeman was pictured examining the damage caused by the accident
Officers said his eyes appeared ‘red and watery’. He was unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred and he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath
The 82-year-old had been to dinner with friends prior to the accident and was driving back to his palatial vineyard home in nearby St Helena.
At the time of the incident, he was trying to cross State Road 29 — a busy highway that connects Napa and Calistoga — when he crashed into a 2014 Jeep driven by Jesus Lopez, 48.
Lopez was left with minor injuries and refused to talk about the case, later invoking California’s Marsy’s Law which protects the privacy rights of the victim and also allows her to return the person who harmed her if convicted.
He is referred to as ‘John Doe’ in the complaint, which also notes that he has since had headaches that he has never experienced before as a result of the accident.
Both Lopez and Pelosi declined treatment at the scene.
CHP sources told DailyMail.com that both vehicles were written off in the smash.
Photos from DailyMail.com show how the two vehicles came to rest at the intersection of Walnut Lane and S-29 – just short of the Oakville general store.
Damage caused by the accident was still visible 48 hours after the accident, including a car park that had been knocked down and damage to the fence around a vineyard.
Cops from the California Highway Patrol arrived on the scene on May 28 at 10:00 pm and found Pelosi sitting in the front seat of his car reeking of booze
Pelosi was taken to the Napa County Jail, where he was booked at 12:32 a.m. and had a mugshot — showing him disheveled in a brown suit — taken shortly before he was released at 4:30 a.m. A police officer is pictured at the scene of the accident on May 28
The 82-year-old had been at a dinner with friends before the accident and was driving back to his palatial vineyard home in nearby St Helena
The dramatic new development comes after DailyMail.com revealed Pelosi has a history of driving incidents and was involved in a smash that killed his brother David when he was 16.
According to a 1957 report in the San Francisco Examiner, Pelosi, then a high school sophomore, picked up David, 19, from a girlfriend’s house at 12:30 a.m. and the brothers decided to take a “joy ride.” .
The fatal crash happened shortly after 2:40 a.m. near the Crystal Springs Dam just outside of San Mateo and left David pinned under the car where he was stabbed in the neck.
Although a coroner’s jury later dismissed the manslaughter charges against Pelosi, a patrolman quoted in contemporary news reports said David had told his brother to slow down seconds before the crash.
He said, ‘This is a bad stretch – better slow down,’ as they approached a tight curve at the Crystal Springs Dam on the Skyline Highway, now California State Route 35.
Image: Crystal Springs Dam, where Paul Pelosi crashed a car in 1957
Pelosi has a history of driving incidents and was involved in a smash that killed his brother David when he was 16
Paul told Patrolman Thomas Ganley he tried to slow down by shifting gears in the stick shift car, but lost control.
‘The car traveled across the road, bounced off a small embankment, climbed another 20 feet, turned around and struck at the same time and ended up upside down on the shoulder with both youths underneath,’ the examiner reported.
David, a freshman at the College of San Mateo, was dead on arrival at the hospital.
The newspaper said David was likely suffocated by a brace he was wearing to support a broken neck he suffered while diving in shallow water in Lake Tahoe.
The San Mateo Times reported that Ganley and another patrolman Jack Rakestraw noticed that David’s brace was “tight against his neck.”
‘They jacked up the car to relieve the pressure, but the young man was apparently already dead’, reported the Times.
Pelosi broke his collarbone in the collision and was trapped under the car for a while. He managed to free himself and call for help.
More recently, Pelosi has been cited twice — both times in 2011 — once for running a red light and once for swerving across the center line while driving.
The fatal accident occurred six years before Paul married Nancy D’Alesandro, the daughter of a former Baltimore mayor.
She adopted his surname and was elected to Congress in 1987, becoming the first female speaker of the House of Representatives.
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