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Kerry Kennedy Gets Busted For Being Impaired On Drugs

NORTH CASTLE, N.Y – Kerry Kennedy, the daughter of former U.S. attorney general Robert F. Kennedy and ex-wife of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was charged with driving under the influence after an incident on a Westchester Country highway Friday morning, according to reports.

The fifty two year old was impaired by prescription drugs Friday morning when she hit a big rig with her Lexus SUV. New York’s ABC affiliate, WABC-TV, reported that Kennedy had taken an Ambien sleeping pill. A Forbes report speculated that the incident was a case of “sleep driving” — a rare side effect of the sleep aid Ambien that causes users to get out of bed and drive while still asleep with no memory of their actions — but did not quote any sources close to Kennedy who could corroborate the speculation.

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According to the reports, she had collided with a tractor-trailer on a freeway in the town of North Castle, N.Y., state police confirmed Saturday. Kennedy, who lives in Bedford, N.Y., was not injured. The New York Times reported, citing an unnamed person close to her. According to the police statement, 911 calls reported the car moving erratically on the freeway before hitting the tractor-trailer. The collision caused a flat tire and Kennedy exited the freeway, it said. She was later found parked on the side of I-684 in North Castle, N.Y., and taken in for sobriety tests.

Kennedy was charged with misdemeanor driving while ability impaired and issued traffic tickets, police said. However, a spokesman for Kennedy denied that tests for impairment were positive.

“Kerry Kennedy voluntarily took breathalyzer, blood and urine tests — all of which showed no drugs or alcohol whatsoever in her system,” said Ken Sunshine. “The charges were filed before the test results were available.”

Members of the Kennedy clan who reside in the Westchester area have been beset with a string of public troubles in recent weeks. Kennedy, born Mary Kerry Kennedy, is the seventh of eleven children born to Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy and the mother of three teenage daughters. She is currently the president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights in Washington, D.C.

Kerry Kennedy and Andrew Cuomo wed in 1990 in Washington, joining two of America’s first families of politics in a union dubbed Cuomolot. The couple split in 2003 in a messy public divorce that played out in the tabloids. They have three daughters.

Her accident comes just a week after the body of another member of the Kennedy clan, the late Mary Richardson Kennedy, was exhumed and reburied 700 feet away.

Mary Richardson Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., was a close friend of Kerry Kennedy’s since childhood. After she died, Kerry Kennedy wrote a tribute about her describing her as her “best friend,” writing in The Huffington Post on May 22, “Mary was brilliant, strikingly beautiful, radiant, luminous, spiritual, funny, fun.”

Her brother Douglas Kennedy, the 10th of the 11 siblings, is embroiled in a legal battle after two nurses claimed he injured them on Jan. 7 when he tried to take his newborn son from a hospital maternity ward. Kennedy, 44, said he was protecting his son “from a complete stranger who tried to grab him from my arms.” A judge is expected to rule by Aug. 9 on charges of physical harassment and child endangerment.

Kerry Kennedy is due in North Castle Court on Tuesday, according to the Bedford-Katonah Patch news site.

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