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Paul Pelosi, 82, who was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and causing injury and driving with a blood alcohol level of .08% or higher, was not present at the Napa County court for the reading. of charges, which lasted three minutes.
His attorney, Amanda Bevins, pleaded guilty on his behalf and waived her right to a formal arraignment.
The millionaire is accused of crashing his Porsche into an SUV while he was driving home from dinner in Napa on the night of May 28 with a blood alcohol content of 0.082%.
“His eyes appear red/watery, he was staggering on his feet, slurred his words, and had a strong odor of alcohol coming off his breath,” police said, according to a criminal complaint.
Both cars sustained “significant collision damage” in the crash, and Pelosi was the cause, according to the complaint.
Arrest and Investigation
Pelosi was arrested at the scene and later released on his own recognizance. The other driver, who was not identified, told investigators five days after the crash that he had “pain in his right upper arm, right shoulder and neck” and had difficulty lifting objects.
Pelosi’s court hearing comes as his wife, Nancy, led a delegation of Democratic lawmakers on a high-stakes visit to Taiwan. His next court date is set for August 23.