Nancy Pelosi’s husband has pleaded not guilty to a drink-driving charge in California.
Paul Pelosi, 82, was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol causing injury and driving with a 0.08% blood alcohol level or higher.
The charges relate to a car crash in northern California wine country on 28 May and after a DUI test was carried out.
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He did not appear in person at Napa County Superior Court on Wednesday and in his place his lawyer, Amanda Bevins, entered not guilty pleas.
He was arrested after a crash in Napa County in May and a blood sample was taken about two hours after the incident, which occurred at 10.17pm, the county’s District Attorney’s Office said.
Pelosi was driving a 2021 Porsche into an intersection near Yountville when it collided with a 2014 Jeep, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Prosecutors filed the case as a misdemeanour because of the injuries sustained by the 48-year-old driver.
Police did not give details of the injuries or provide further information about the other driver.
Pelosi was released on a $5,000 (£4,100) bail and if convicted, he faces a minimum of five days in jail and up to five years on probation.
He would also be required to take a drink-driver class and install an ignition interlock device in his car – a breathalyser that requires the driver to blow into it before operating the vehicle, prosecutors said.
Nancy and Paul Pelosi have been married since 1963.
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