Paul Pelosi's blood alcohol content likely much higher at time of crash: experts

Posted 5 days ago


EXCLUSIVE DETAILS: Police made at least two stops with Paul Pelosi in custody before bringing him to jail following a May 28 crash for which he is now facing a pair of DUI charges – and he had more than 2 hours to burn off alcohol in his system before investigators took a blood sample.

Authorities confirmed to Fox News Digital that the 82-year-old was taken to Queen of the Valley Hospital for treatment of any potential injuries before arriving at a Napa County jail – a routine step in a serious motor vehicle crash, according to the sheriff’s department.

According to a criminal complaint, at around 10:17 p.m. on May 28, a 911 caller reported the crash near the intersection of California Route 29 and Oakville Cross Road, about 5 miles from Pelosi’s vineyard estate.

CalFire medics and Napa deputies responded to the scene first, according to prosecutors, but California Highway Patrol handled the case.

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 Digital was first to report that police alleged Pelosi handed officers his driver’s license and an "11-99 Foundation" card when they asked for his ID. The foundation is a charity that supports CHP officers and provides scholarships for their children.

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%.

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," one retired attorney told 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," he said.

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.... (Read more)