More than two weeks after Paul Pelosi was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence, the most requested mugshot of the still-young century has finally been released.
The Napa County Department of Corrections released the booking photo on Monday, the photo being taken at around 4:30 a.m. on May 29 before Pelosi bailed out for the tidy sum of $5,000.
“Pelosi, the 82-year-old multi-millionaire husband of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, allegedly drove with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit of .08%, according to court records. The California Highway Patrol and the county sheriff’s department had both previously declined requests for more information or images in the case, citing the ongoing investigation,” Fox News reported.
BREAKING: Paul Pelosi DUI arrest mugshot RELEASED pic.twitter.com/RIbHh64ril
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) June 13, 2022
Pelosi’s 2021 Porsche was struck by a 2014 Jeep at an intersection late on the evening of May 28. There were no reported injuries and the other driver was not arrested. Authorities have been tight-lipped about the incident and have been slow to release details, including the mug shot and body cam footage. There is also talk of a drunk tank camera.
“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,” a county spokesperson said in a statement Monday, according to Fox News. “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.”
Social media users are very skeptical about the rather “clean” mugshot, given that it was taken in the wee hours of the morning after a late-night drinking binge AND an accident.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
Looks like he has stitches above his left eye. How long after the drunken accident was this picture taken? He’s apparently all cleaned up. Also, why are there no height measurements behind him and aren’t they suppose to hold up signs with pertinent info?
— Paul Bryan (@PaulMac_in_TX) June 13, 2022
After they gave him four to six hours to sober up, clean up. He STILL was blowing over .8%, over the legal limit. They let him comb his hair, put on a jacket? Get serious. . .
— Rock’inPatriot☘🎉🍀 (@ChristinesHaven) June 13, 2022
Not a bad pic. He must have a lot of experience with mug shots.
— Sullivan (@Sulliva24330750) June 13, 2022
Where’s the sign he’s supposed to be holding? I think this is from the family photo album.
— Janet Lemon (@janet_lemon2) June 13, 2022
That’s not a mugshot, that’s just a picture with a white wall behind him. I call BS!
— jamilyn sundstrom 🇺🇸🌴🌵🍹☀️ (@jrsunazrealtor) June 13, 2022
Brown hair and brown eyes? 🧐 pic.twitter.com/UD4GgXoRe6
— Rita McQuaide 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@RitaMcQuaide) June 13, 2022
In the end, some opted to have a little fun at the expense of a privileged liberal elitist:
— Brent (@BrentMorris868) June 14, 2022
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