California police charity may kick out Paul Pelosi after DUI crash

A California foundation supporting state highway patrol officers and their families is considering kicking out Paul Pelosi after he flashed the foundation’s membership card to law enforcement during his DUI arrest in May. 

The 82-year-old husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was arraigned on two misdemeanor charges Wednesday in connection with a May 28 two-car crash as he was leaving a Napa dinner party.

According to the criminal complaint, when responding California Highway Patrol officers asked Paul Pelosi for ID, he gave them his driver’s license and his CHP 11-99 Foundation card. The complaint did not specify whether Pelosi intended to give officers the card or if he said anything when he handed it over.

The CHP 11-99 Foundation told The Post Friday that the cards – which list the year members joined, their current membership level and ID number – are used to identify members “at various public and private events and to show pride in membership and support of the CHP.” 

Paul Pelosi flashed his CHP 11-99 Foundation card to law enforcement while being arrested.
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According to Director of Marketing and Communications Laura Reed, members who bring the foundation’s name or property “into law enforcement contact” are in violation of their membership agreement, which states that they do not receive any “peace officer powers or privileges” or “leniency or preferential treatment in any contact involving a law enforcement agency” by joining.

Abuse of the policy would result in the immediate termination of membership. 

“We will await the outcome of this trial and will evaluate Mr. Pelosi’s membership status once we have all of the facts,” Reed said. 

He was arrested for a DUI while caught driving drunk in Napa Valley.
Paul Pelosi was arraigned on two misdemeanor charges Wednesday.
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“If it is proven he violated our terms and conditions … we will revoke his membership and we would request that all membership items be returned as they are property of the 11-99 Foundation.”

If Pelosi gets the boot and returns all his membership items, Reed added, the foundation would issue a “refund of any membership-related contribution” that he had made. 

Paul Pelosi has been charged with driving under the influence causing injury and driving with a 0.08% blood alcohol level or higher causing injury. He pleaded not guilty through his attorney Wednesday.

Police who responded to the crash said the millionaire’s eyes appeared “red/watery, he was unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred, and he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath,” according to the complaint.

The driver of the SUV that was hit by Pelosi’s Porsche later told investigators that he was suffering headaches, “pain to his upper right arm, right shoulder and neck” and was having difficulty lifting objects as a result of the crash, the document added.

Pelosi’s next court date has been set for Aug. 23.