Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s multi-millionaire husband’s blood alcohol content was likely much higher at the time of the accident that led to his DUI arrest than the official results of his blood test due to a delay of more than two hours before it was administered.
Paul Pelosi was first taken to a local hospital after the collision between his 2021 Porsche and another vehicle on Memorial Day weekend, giving him valuable time to sober up prior to his arrival at a Napa County jail, according Fox News Digital, which reported that authorities confirmed that the 82-year-old stock picking marvel was examined at Queen of the Valley Hospital for any potential injuries, “a routine step in a serious motor vehicle crash, according to the sheriff’s department.”
On May 28 at or around 10:17 pm, a caller to 911 emergency services first reported the accident that took place about 5 miles from Pelosi’s sprawling vineyard estate, according to a criminal complaint, with medics and Napa deputies arriving first on the scene although the incident was handled by the California Highway Patrol.
“Records show CHP officially arrested Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, at 11:44 p.m., before they took the blood sample at their Napa office,” Fox News reported. “Police obtained the sample at 12:32 a.m. on May 29, 2 hours and 15 minutes after police received the 911 call. The result found his BAC to be .082%.”
According to Fox News, “Pelosi is 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs around 200 pounds, according to the criminal complaint. But the human body burns off alcohol at a standard rate of about .016% per hour, regardless of a person’s size, according to legal and medical experts. At the time of the crash, Pelosi’s BAC was likely higher than at the time of the test.”
“California lawyers are well aware that blood alcohol is [metabolized] at a fixed rate, so much per hour,” according to a retired attorney who spoke with Fox News Digital. “So the 0.82% of alcohol in Mr. Pelosi’s bloodstream hours after the crash can easily be converted to a substantially higher BAC at the time of the crash.”
And it can be done so “with legally admissible precision,” the retired attorney added.
“Estimating that he stopped drinking about an hour before driving and was not actively imbibing behind the wheel, he may have had a BAC of between .105% and .127% at the time of the crash, according to Dr. John Brick, a forensic psychopharmacology expert based in Yardley, Pennsylvania,” Fox News reported.
“At the lowest estimate, the relative risk for a fatal single car crash based on age, gender and BAC is 17 to 31 times greater as compared with sober controls,” Brick told Fox News Digital. “The majority of drinkers do not display reliable signs of visible intoxication, slurred speech, trouble walking, etc., until the BAC is above .15%.”
Fox News also was the first to report details of the encounter between Pelosi and law enforcement including that when asked for his identification, he instead handed police a card for the “11-99 Foundation,” a charity “that supports officers and provides scholarships for their children.”
Pelosi also reportedly exhibited “signs of impairment” during sobriety tests, “observed objective signs and symptoms of alcohol intoxication,” and reeked of booze. “He was unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred, and he had a strong odor of an alcohol beverage emanating from his breath,” according to court documents.
However, one detail, that he may also have been under the influence of drugs was explained away by Pelosi’s attorney after Fox News reported that “Pelosi allegedly injured the other driver ‘while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and a drug and under their combined influence,’ the first count in the two-charge complaint read.
Amanda Bevins told Fox News Digital, “I believe that the drug reference is part of the statutory boilerplate language in the complaint.” Assistant District Attorney Paul Gero concurred, saying, “It is boilerplate language auto-generated in the complaint. Our theory is alcohol.”
Pelosi – who was a no-show at his Wednesday arraignment hearing – pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor charges through his attorney; he is due back in court on August 23.
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