It was the Ambien,I swear
The car that navigated itself to Capitol Hill
Report, but no charges in Kennedy crash
Earlier story: Kennedy son dodges booze test, sez cop
WASHINGTON - Rep. Patrick Kennedy's office on Friday acknowledged a police report was filed in the congressman's early morning car crash near the Capitol, but said the congressman was not charged in the incident.
"We have no knowledge of any citations," said Kennedy spokeswoman Robin Costello.
Kennedy aides received the accident report Friday morning at his congressional office, said Costello, who is Kennedy's spokeswoman in Rhode Island. They were reviewing it, she said.
Capitol Police had no comment Friday beyond a statement posted on their Web site, said spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider. That statement said, "The United States Capitol Police are continuing to investigate."
Kennedy, D-R.I., was planning to return to Rhode Island on Friday in hopes of defusing the controversy surrounding the Thursday morning crash, including allegations he got special treatment from police who did not administer field sobriety tests. Kennedy has denied any favorable police treatment.
Union accuses police brass of letting pol walk
BY RICHARD SISK and MICHAEL McAULIFF
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON - Rep. Patrick Kennedy wrecked his car in an early morning accident on Capitol Hill yesterday, and furious cops say supervisors stopped them from giving him a sobriety test.
But Kennedy insisted he had not been drinking and blamed prescription medication for making him drowsy and disoriented.
Two police union officials, who were not at the scene, complained that the Rhode Island congressman and son of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) looked smashed after crashing his Ford Mustang into a barrier near the Capitol building at 2:45 a.m.
"The driver exited the vehicle and he was observed to be staggering," Officer Greg Baird, the acting head of the Capitol police union, wrote in a letter to his boss, according to the newspaper Roll Call.
Lou Cannon, president of the Washington chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, said Kennedy looked intoxicated.
"It's my understanding that he had an odor of alcohol about him and he was unsteady on his feet," Cannon said.
Kennedy, 38, who has a history of substance abuse and depression, admitted to the smashup, but denied alcohol was involved.
"I consumed no alcohol prior to the incident," he said yesterday afternoon. "I will fully cooperate with the Capitol Police in whatever investigation they choose to undertake."
Ok, Cynthia McKinney is going to do her job, and they stop her like a criminal and want to bring it before a grand jury and many bloggers cheer the idea on.
Now, I'm supposed to believe Rep. Kennedy, in an Ambien induced haze, drove to CapitolHill, btw, over narrow streets, then parked and staggered out of his car.
Then the cops show up and forget to arrest him. DUI is DUI and the substance doesn't matter. No booze test either? I guess they Capitol Hill cops love the Kennedys.
Imagine if Cynthia McKinney did that. How quickly would she be asked to step down for being an "embarassment"? Days?
But it seems Rep.Kennedy will get a pass and there will be all sorts of talk about a distraction to GOP hooker and poker scandal. But unless their penises can kill people while drunk, impared driving is a big deal.
Just so this is clear: the man was admittedly impared, drove impared and was lucky to not to have killed himself or anyone else.
But the Ambien thing sounds like a crock of shit, unless they sell Ambien in liquid form in bottles in bars. Because unless he was in his pajamas, he wasn't coming from home.
Update: Mr. Kennedy is now going to rehab. Which is great, because he realizes he has a problem and will seek to deal with it before he kills someone in a traffic accident. But the cops who were willing to enable him did him no favors. And of course, he doesn't remember anything which happened and he's still claiming he wasn't drinking. I think that's a crock of shit, especially with a second traffic accident being revealed. Lot of accidents for sleep medication.
posted by Steve @ 12:27:00 PM