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FIRST ON TBEN: A California law enforcement association said Thursday it would review Paul Pelosi’s membership after reports that he showed his membership card to officers during his arrest for drink-driving in May.
The California Highway Patrol 11-99 (CHP 11-99) Foundation has confirmed that any member bringing their name or property into contact with law enforcement is in violation of the group’s terms and conditions. The foundation has noted the portion of its policy stating that attempts to use membership in exchange for “preferential treatment” with any contact with the police will result in immediate termination.
“We will await the outcome of this trial and will evaluate Mr. Pelosi’s membership status once we have all the facts,” Laura Reed, a spokesperson for the group, told TBEN News Digital in an email. “If he is proven to have violated our terms and conditions, we will revoke his membership and request that all membership items be returned as they are the property of the 11-99 Foundation.”
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“Once we receive those items, we will refund every contribution he has made to the Foundation,” she continued.
Reed added that the CHP 11-99 Foundation was aware of the media reports but said the Pelosi incident was an ongoing investigation and the foundation did not yet have all the facts.
Pelosi, the millionaire husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was arrested after being involved in a car accident on the evening of May 28 that injured another driver. According to court documents, Pelosi showed his CHP 11-99 ID card along with his driver’s license after responding to highway police officers requesting identification.
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TBEN News Digital was the first to report that police alleged that Pelosi had given officers a CHP 11-99 Foundation card when they asked for his ID.
“These cards are used to identify our members at various public and private events and to take pride in the CHP’s membership and support,” said Reed.
On Wednesday, Pelosi pleaded not guilty to both charges — drink-driving with an alcohol content of 0.08% or higher and causing injury — resulting from the May 28 crash. He faces five years’ probation and a minimum of five days in prison.
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The CHP 11-99 Foundation was established in 1982 to provide emergency relief to California Highway Patrol employees and scholarships to their children, according to the group’s website. New members of the group must undergo criminal background checks and ensure that the foundation’s reputation is “maintained,” Reed said.
Pelosi’s attorney Amanda Bevins declined to comment.
TBEN News Digital reporter Michael Ruiz contributed to this report.