Patrick Kennedy’s DUI-Drugs

     On May 4, 2006, Kennedy crashed his 1997 Ford Mustang convertible into a barricade on Capitol Hill at 2:45AM.  An official who was not on the scene said the congressman had appeared intoxicated when he crashed his car, but Kennedy claimed that he was merely disoriented from prescription medications Ambien and Phenergan.  There was an unconfirmed report that Kennedy was seen drinking at the nearby Hawk & Dove bar prior the accident.  Kennedy also stated to officers that he was “late for a vote.” However, the last vote of the night had occurred almost six hours earlier.

     The standard field sobriety tests were not administered, and Kennedy was not arrested on the spot.  Incredibly, Kennedy was driven home by an officer.  On May 5, 2006, Kennedy admitted he has an addiction to prescription medication and announced
he would be re-admitting himself to a drug rehabilitation facility at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota where he had sought treatment for prior addictions.  He has stated that he has no recollection of the car crash.   

     On June 5, 2006 Kennedy was released from drug rehab.  After being asked if he expected any special treatment from authorities, Kennedy expressed that he hoped they would treat him as if he “were an African-American in Anacostia”.  On June 13, 2006, Kennedy made a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of prescription drugs.  He was sentenced to one year probation and a fine of $350.   Two of the three charges (reckless driving and failure to exhibit a driving permit) were dismissed. He was also ordered to attend a rehabilitation program that includes weekly urine tests, twice-weekly meetings with a probation officer, near-daily Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and a weekly meeting of recovering addicts.

Written by Allen Trapp who is board certified by the National College for DUI Defense and the author of Georgia DUI Survival Guide Visit Website

 

Written by Allen Trapp who is board certified by the National College for DUI Defense and the author of Georgia DUI Survival Guide Visit Website

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