Pelosi’s husband arrested on suspicion of DUI in California

PLUS: 21 Politicians convicted of DUI

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Paul Pelosi, the 82-year-old husband of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, was arrested this weekend on suspicion of DUI in Northern California, police records showed Sunday.

Paul Pelosi was taken into custody late Saturday in Napa County north of San Francisco, according to a sheriff’s office online booking report.

He could face charges including driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or higher, the report said.

Pelosi’s bail was set for $5,000 for the two misdemeanors, records showed.

No other details were immediately available. California Highway Patrol Officer Andrew Barclay said more information would be released later Sunday.

“We’ve all watched ‘COPS’ on television, right? What does every drunk person say to the police when asked how much they’ve had to drink? ‘I swear, ossifer, I only had two beers!’ Ask any police officer you may know, and they’ll tell you the same.” – Sussman Law Firm, Charlotte, NC

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Drew Hammill, spokesperson for Nancy Pelosi, told The Associated Press: “The Speaker will not be commenting on this private matter which occurred while she was on the East Coast.”

The House speaker was in Providence, Rhode Island, on Sunday, where she delivered the commencement address at Brown University.

Pelosi’s arrest was first reported by TMZ.

Paul and Nancy Pelosi have been married since 1963.

21 Legislators Convicted Of DUI

BALLOTPEDIA – John Kivela was a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 109 from 2013 to 2017. He died by suicide on May 9, 2017, following his second drunk driving incident.

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Joseph Brennan was a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 2007-2013, serving four years on Liquor Control Committee. Brennan was arrested on June 22, 2011 for driving under the influence. He had a blood-alcohol level of 0.30 – almost four times over the legal limit. He faced charges of drunken driving, careless driving and public drunkenness.

Brennan completed a 30-day inpatient rehabilitation program and, as part of his acceptance into the Pennsylvania first-time offender Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program (ARD), served 25 hours of community service, attended Alcohol Highway Safety classes and served six months of probation. Brennan was again arrested on August 15, 2012 for punching and choking his wife, then driving away drunk. He pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and simple assault. Brennan resigned from his post as state representative, served 90 days in jail and paid a $1,500 fine.

Other legislators convicted of DUI:


Mike Crapo – U.S. Senate, Republican, Idaho

State legislators

  • Roy Ashburn – Republican, California State Senate
  • Ben Hueso – Democrat, California State Senate
  • John McGee – Republican, Idaho State Senate
  • Ron Stephens – Republican, Illinois House of Representatives
  • Phil Hermanson – Republican, Kansas House of Representatives
  • John Horhn – Democrat, Mississippi State Senate
  • Shannon Augare – Democrat, Montana State Senate
  • Scott Lautenbaugh – Nonpartisan, Nebraska State Senate
  • Andy Dulin – Republican, North Carolina House of Representatives
  • Scot Kelsh – Democrat, North Dakota House of Representatives
  • Cherelle Parker – Democrat, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Ted Vick – Democrat, South Carolina House of Representatives
  • Curry Todd – Republican, Tennessee House of Representatives
  • Naomi Gonzalez – Democrat, Texas House of Representatives
  • Victoria Neave – Democrat, Texas House of Representatives
  • Sheldon Killpack – Republican, Utah State Senate (Senate Majority Leader, member of the Ethics Committee)
  • Alex Shook – Democrat, West Virginia House of Delegates
  • Jeff Wood – Indedendent, Wisconsin State Assembly

Politicians who don’t drink 

  • Presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden have not had an alcoholic drink over the course of their lives, by their own accounts. [Baltimore Sun]
  • As vice president, Biden brought a nonalcoholic beer to Obama’s closely watched 2009 “Beer Summit” on race relations. [Washington Examiner]
  • President George W. Bush was pulled over near his family’s summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, on September 4, 1976. (His father George Herbert Walker Bush was director of the Central Intelligence Agency at the time.) He was cited for DUI, fined $150, and received a brief suspension of his Maine driver’s license. Bush said his wife has had a stabilizing effect on his life, and he attributes her influence to his 1986 decision to give up alcohol. [Wikipedia]
  • Former Vice President Mike Pence is a non-drinker.
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