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ho hum, a slow day, another Kennedy DUI accident

July 17 2012 at 2:30 PM


no one died in this one.

The Associated Press

ARMONK, N.Y. Kerry Kennedy, ex-wife of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was swaying and slurring her speech when police found her after her car hit a tractor-trailer on a highway, police said in a court document.

Kennedy, daughter of Sen. Robert Kennedy and niece of President John Kennedy, also told police she might have accidentally taken a sleeping pill before the Friday morning accident.

The document, a police officer's deposition, was released several hours before Kennedy was to appear Tuesday night for arraignment on a charge of driving while drug-impaired. Her lawyer said she would plead not guilty.

Kennedy, 52, failed a standing-on-one-leg test and a walk-and-turn test, was swaying and demonstrated impaired speech and motor function, the officer wrote. She was able to recite the alphabet, the document indicates.

Kennedy was arrested Friday after state police said her Lexus struck a tractor-trailer on Interstate 684 north of New York City. Police said she drove the damaged car off the highway before it became disabled.

A witness reported that Kennedy "appeared to be slumped over the wheel," according to the deposition.

Police said an investigation found she was impaired by drugs.

The officer, identified as Officer J. Thomas, wrote that Kennedy told him "she had a thyroid medication and a sleeping medication (believed to be Ambien) and it is possible she took the sleeping pill instead of the thyroid pill."

A spokesman for Kennedy had said Friday that breath, blood and urine tests taken that day revealed no drugs or alcohol in Kennedy's system. The court document said blood and urine tests were not complete.

Kennedy's lawyer, Robert Gottlieb, said he would comment on the police report Tuesday night.

It has been a difficult year for Kennedy family members in the New York suburbs. Kennedy's close friend and sister-in-law, Mary Kennedy, hanged herself at home in May. Her brother Douglas Kennedy is fighting charges stemming from his attempt to take his newborn son from a maternity ward.

Kerry Kennedy and Andrew Cuomo married in 1990, joining two of America's most prominent political families. They split in 2003 in a messy public divorce that played out in the tabloids. They have three daughters.

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Re: ho hum, a slow day, another Kennedy DUI accident

July 18 2012, 5:28 AM 

anyone in the trunk?

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