Paul Pelosi Could Have Brought Home a Ridesharing App for $60, His DUI Charge Has Already Cost Him Over 5G
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A shared ride home for Paul Pelosi from his friends’ cocktail party in Oakville, Calif., to his sprawling vineyard estate 15 minutes away could have cost less than a bottle of Stag’s Leap Cabernet and avoided both the crash who injured another driver as DUI charges. .
Pelosi, the wealthy investor husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, pleaded not guilty to a pair of misdemeanor charges stemming from the crash, which happened after 10 p.m. on May 28 near the intersection of of California Route 29 and Oakville Cross Road.
Asked Wednesday, Uber, a leading ride-sharing app, showed a price range of $18 to $61 for the 15-minute ride between Oakville, where police say Pelosi had drinks with friends and her own multimillionaire vineyard house. . An online search shows that local black car service starts at $70 an hour.
Either would have cost far less than his $5,000 bond and the resulting legal fees, as well as saving the other driver from neck, arm and back injuries and preserving both vehicles, which police say were damaged.” significant collision damage.”
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A spokesman for Pelosi did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
According to investigators and Pelosi’s defense attorney, Amanda Bevins, he was “released” from the custody of the Napa County Department of Corrections, meaning he didn’t actually have to post bond to go home. He is currently free on his own recognizance and is due back in court on August 23.
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Pelosi, the head of financial leasing services in San Francisco, is worth more than $100 million.
When police arrived at the scene, they allegedly found him sitting in his damaged 2021 Porsche. According to the criminal complaint, he allegedly gave the officers his driver’s license and the “11-99 Foundation” card when they asked for his ID. The 11-99 Foundation is a California Highway Patrol charity that supports officers and provides scholarships for their children.
According to the complaint, officers observed “signs of impairment,” including “red/watery eyes,” and said he failed field sobriety tests.
“He was unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred and he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath,” the complaint alleges.
The other driver, identified only as John Doe, was outside an SUV, according to the documents.
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Both refused medical treatment at the scene, but Doe told Napa County prosecutors on June 2 that he began experiencing pain in his upper right arm, right shoulder and neck the next day of the accident He also complained of headaches and said it was difficult to lift things with his right arm, according to the documents.
Speaker Pelosi’s office declined to comment on the charges, after previously describing the crash on a public road as a “private matter.”
Bobby Shamuilian, a California-based defense attorney who specializes in DUI defense, told Fox News Digital on Wednesday that Pelosi’s charges could result in probation, jail, rehab classes and fines, costing her time and money to the driver
“A lot of people drive when they shouldn’t, but it’s much safer to do other things,” he said. “With Uber, Lyft, taxis and limousines, there’s no excuse for driving under the influence. Reckless behavior is very costly, and even more so when it’s a public figure or someone closely related.”
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Additionally, Shamulian warned, DUI crashes have increased in severity, in terms of injuries and fatalities, in the post-COVID-19 period, possibly due to the decreased availability of carpooling and increased of the cost, as well as the increased stress that causes more risky behavior.
“Mr. Pelosi could have avoided a possible criminal conviction and saved many thousands of dollars by using any travel service available,” he said. “We hope the lesson he learns will inspire others to do the right thing and even save lives.”