People have been sharing a mugshot of Paul Pelosi – US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband – who was arrested for DUI.
Take a look at the viral photo and find out what his real mugshot really looks like!
Claim : This Is The Paul Pelosi Arrest Mugshot
For many American conservatives, the story of Paul Pelosi getting arrested for DUI has not gotten enough media attention. So they have resorted to claiming that he was also arrested for possessing child porn and drugs, or that Nancy Pelosi was with the real culprit, and Paul was covering for her.
More recently, they shared a photo, claiming that it was of Paul Pelosi, with a blackened eye.
Paul Pelosi’s mug shot. Looks like he got a shinner…. #PaulPelosi #PaulPelosiMugShot #MugShots #NancyPelosi
Paul Pelosi’s mug shot. Don’t stop passing this around before it is banned…
The police refused to release it but his mugshot got leaked.
Paul Pelosi : Real vs. Fake Arrest Mugshot Compared!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS that American conservatives are creating to smear politicians across the aisle.
Fact #1 : That Mugshot Was Photo Edited
The Paul Pelosi mugshot that went viral was digitally altered from a photo taken at the Pre-Grammy Gala, taken by Kevork Djansezian on February 14, 2016.
Here is a comparison of the crop of that Pre-Grammy Gala photo (on the left), and the edited photo on the right.
You can see that many parts of the face are similar – ears, nose, mouth, left eye, both eyebrows, and even the wrinkles on his face.
The person who altered the photo made him look heavier, added hair from a different person, as well as a blackened right eye.
Fact #2 : His Real Mugshot Was Released
Perhaps as a response to the fake mugshot being shared online, Paul Pelosi’s real mugshot was released by the Napa County Department of corrections, with this statement :
Napa County Department of Corrections Releases Paul Pelosi Mugshot
(NAPA, California) — On the night of May 28, 2022, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) arrested Paul Pelosi (DOB 4/15/40) for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Driving with a .08% Blood Alcohol Content or Higher. He was booked into the Napa County Department of Corrections and subsequently cite released the following morning.
In Napa County, the decision to release or withhold mugshots or booking photos lies with the Napa County Department of Corrections, not the District Attorney’s Office. In the days after Mr. Pelosi’s arrest, Napa County followed the Department of Corrections’ policy regarding the release of booking photos and mugshots. Mr. Pelosi received the same treatment under that policy that all individuals released from County Jail receive.
No state law specifically requires the release of booking photos or mugshots, but policies regarding this topic can vary by jurisdiction. Napa County updated its policy to reflect current best practices and align with the policies of similar jurisdictions. As such, Napa County is now making available to the media and the public the booking photo of Mr. Pelosi taken at approximately 4:30 a.m. on May 29, 2022, at Napa County Department of Corrections.
This comparison shows you his real mugshot (on the left), and the fake mugshot (on the right).
As you can see, Paul Pelosi did not suffer any facial injuries from his crash.
Fact #3 : Paul Pelosi Was Arrested For DUI
Paul Pelosi was driving home from a dinner party at around 10:15 PM on Saturday night, when he attempted to cross a State Route 29 intersection at Walnut Lane in the Napa County.
His 2021 Porsche was hit by a 48 year-old Jeep driver, Jesus Lopez. Fortunately, neither men were hurt seriously, although both cars were written off in the crash.
After the accident, Paul was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.08%, and arrested on “suspicion of DUI”.
Fact #4 : He Faces Two Misdemeanour Charges
Paul Pelosi’s bail was set at $5,000 for two counts of misdemeanour :
- driving under the influence
- driving with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or higher
He is scheduled to appear in court on August 3, 2022; although Napa County District Attorney Allison Haley said that she has not decided whether to bring charges.
This is standard protocol for any DUI case that is referred by a law enforcement agency in Napa County.
No decision has been made at this time. Any speculation to the contrary is incorrect.
When a filing decision is made by the Napa County District Attorney, the media and public will be notified.
Fact #5 : A Young Lady Was Not Involved
The claims that Paul Pelosi was with a (very) young lady are also false.
This was confirmed by the accident report, which only shows two drivers involved. There were no passengers in both cars.
Fact #6 : Nancy Pelosi Was Not Involved
To be clear, there were only two people involved in the accident – Paul Pelosi and Jesus Lopez.
Claim that US Speaker Nancy Pelosi was the real driver, but her husband covered for her are false. This was confirmed by her spokesperson, who stated :
The Speaker will not be commenting on this private matter which occurred while she was on the East Coast.
She could not be with her husband as she was in the East Coast to deliver a commencement address to the 2022 graduates and receive an honorary doctorate degree at Brown University in Rhode Island, on Monday, 30 May 2022.
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