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 : 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 :
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.
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 :
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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