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Kennedy Blames Accident on Sleep Medicine
AP ^ | 5/4/06 | ANDREW MIGA

Posted on 05/04/2006 7:06:03 PM PDT by Jean S

Rep. Patrick Kennedy (news, bio, voting record) crashed his car near the Capitol early Thursday, and a police official said he appeared intoxicated. Kennedy said he had taken sleep medication and a prescription anti-nausea drug that can cause drowsiness.

Kennedy, D-R.I., addressed the issue after a spate of news reports. His initial statement said: "I consumed no alcohol prior to the incident."'

Later, however, he issued a longer statement saying the attending physician for Congress had prescribed Phenergan on Tuesday to treat Kennedy's gastroenteritis.

Kennedy said he returned to his Capitol Hill home on Wednesday evening after a final series of votes in Congress and took "prescribed" amounts of Phenergan and Ambien, another prescribed drug that he occasionally takes to fall asleep.

"Some time around 2:45 a.m., I drove the few blocks to the Capitol Complex believing I needed to vote," his second statement said. "Apparently, I was disoriented from the medication."

Kennedy appeared to be intoxicated when he crashed his Ford Mustand into a barrier on Capitol Hill early Thursday morning, said Louis P. Cannon, president of the Washington chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Cannon, who was not there, said the officers involved in the accident were instructed by an official "above the rank of patrolman" to take Kennedy home.

No sobriety tests were conducted at the scene.

A letter written by a Capitol Police officer to Acting Chief Christopher McGaffin said Kennedy appeared to be staggering when he left the vehicle after the crash about 3 a.m. The letter was first reported by Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper.

Kennedy said he was late for a vote, officer Greg Baird said in the letter to McGaffin. Baird is acting chairman of the Capitol Hill chapter of the FOP police union. The last vote of the night had occurred almost six hours earlier.

Kennedy said he was driven home by Capitol police.

"At no time did I ask for any special consideration," he said. "I simply complied with what the officers asked me to do."

Kennedy, the son of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (news, bio, voting record), D-Mass., and his staff declined to discuss any further details of the accident. The congressman took part in House votes Thursday.

Capitol Police did not immediately return phone calls for comment. They issued a one-line statement saying they were investigating a traffic violation that occurred early in the morning at that location.

Baird wrote McGaffin that two sergeants who responded to the accident conferred with the watch commander and were ordered to leave the scene.

He said that after the officers left, Capitol Police officials gave Kennedy a ride home.

Kennedy spent time at a drug rehabilitation clinic before he went to Providence College. He has been open about mental health issues, including being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

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Associated Press writer Laurie Kellman contributed to this report.


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1 posted on 05/04/2006 7:06:04 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: JeanS

Thanks for posting this, Jean. Saw the alert on Fox News, but didn't catch this article. I'll ping my lists...


2 posted on 05/04/2006 7:06:56 PM PDT by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: JeanS

So he WAS under the influence.


3 posted on 05/04/2006 7:07:11 PM PDT by Ron in Acreage (Liberal Democrats-Party before country, surrender before victory, generous with other peoples money.)
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To: JeanS

Chivas Regal = Sleep Medicine.


4 posted on 05/04/2006 7:07:12 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: JeanS

life is good when you are above the law


5 posted on 05/04/2006 7:07:22 PM PDT by Cyclops08
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To: JeanS
Kennedy said he had taken sleep medication and a prescription anti-nausea drug that can cause drowsiness.

Isn't that 'Driving Under the Influence'?

6 posted on 05/04/2006 7:07:50 PM PDT by CrawDaddyCA (I ain't learning no friggin' Spanish!! This is America, you learn English!!)
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To: JeanS

It brings a certain song to mind...........

somthing about a Family Tradition??!!


7 posted on 05/04/2006 7:07:57 PM PDT by curlewbird
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To: JeanS

Why didn't he say this in his FIRST STATEMENT?

And does anybody know -- is Burke Marshall still alive?


8 posted on 05/04/2006 7:08:04 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Maybe! But, I don't believe it.


9 posted on 05/04/2006 7:08:07 PM PDT by bilhosty
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To: JeanS
As I said on another thread, Sheesh, blaming it on medication.

I've got a bridge over Chappaquiddick I'd like to sell him.

10 posted on 05/04/2006 7:08:28 PM PDT by mombonn (God is looking for spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; windcliff

Maybe the car runs on alternative fuel? aka 80 proof.


11 posted on 05/04/2006 7:08:59 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: JeanS

LIKE FATHER LIKE SON!!!


12 posted on 05/04/2006 7:09:23 PM PDT by woofer2425 (Kerry LIED)
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To: JeanS

I'll believe it if he was in his P.Js.


13 posted on 05/04/2006 7:09:26 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: JeanS

Uh-Huh...the Ambien defense...sleep-driving.

What a crock!


14 posted on 05/04/2006 7:09:38 PM PDT by Palladin ("Governor Lynn Swann."...it has a nice ring to it!)
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To: CrawDaddyCA

** Isn't that 'Driving Under the Influence'? **

You must not have read the name of the perp

;-)


15 posted on 05/04/2006 7:09:46 PM PDT by Sometimes A River (Bush stifles speech to appease Chinese butchers)
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To: mombonn

*Snort*

They're showing some "incident" where he shoved a security woman at Boston airport.

But I remember when he got in trouble at another airport -- again trying to get through security -- with a bag of cash for Gephardt.

Does anybody remember that?


16 posted on 05/04/2006 7:10:00 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I used to work with an old drunk. He called his 12 pack his "med'cine".


17 posted on 05/04/2006 7:10:13 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
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To: CrawDaddyCA
No sobriety tests were conducted at the scene.

He was staggering and the cops didn't test him?

18 posted on 05/04/2006 7:10:16 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: JeanS

A very special sleep medication dispensed as a twelve-year old, golden brown elixir.


19 posted on 05/04/2006 7:10:23 PM PDT by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: JeanS

what... no bridge? no river? no dead party-girl?

THIS Kennedy is a piker!


20 posted on 05/04/2006 7:10:55 PM PDT by King Prout (many complain I am overly literal... this would not be a problem if fewer people were under-precise)
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To: JeanS

I'm waiting for the press conference with Harry Belafonte and Danny Glover...


21 posted on 05/04/2006 7:11:00 PM PDT by cabojoe
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To: JeanS
DUI applies whether it is Jack Daniels or Sominex.

OTC defense is no defense.

The evil Kennedy clan once again watches Karma claim one of them.

I hope Honey Fitz is watching from Hell while his "dynasty" dies.

22 posted on 05/04/2006 7:11:07 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Don't call them "undocumented workers." Use the correct term: CRIMINAL INVADERS!)
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To: Howlin

"Oh, what a horrible web we weave..."


23 posted on 05/04/2006 7:11:07 PM PDT by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: JeanS

Sleepdriving under the influence? Right! (sarc)


24 posted on 05/04/2006 7:11:07 PM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: Palladin
the Ambien defense...sleep-driving.

I guess the first statement was the "trial balloon," huh?

Does anybody know if there IS an "Ambien sleep-driving" defense?

25 posted on 05/04/2006 7:11:30 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: JeanS

Kennedy gets a free pass. American citzens lose out. Is he telling the truth? We'll never know because of the 'CoC' Culture of Corruption.

'Shout Out' to any FReepers who work in law enforcement: If you ever stop somebody who appears to be intoxicated, don't give him a free pass.


26 posted on 05/04/2006 7:11:38 PM PDT by ozoneliar ("The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants" -T.J.)
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To: JeanS
"Some time around 2:45 a.m., I drove the few blocks to the Capitol Complex believing I needed to vote," his second statement said. "Apparently, I was disoriented from the medication."

Huh?

Woke up
Fell out of bed
Dragged a comb
Across my head.

27 posted on 05/04/2006 7:11:38 PM PDT by don-o
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To: JeanS

ARGHHHH! These kennedys make my head hurt. Was he driving an Oldsmobile,too?

Like father, like son.


28 posted on 05/04/2006 7:11:46 PM PDT by 383rr ((those who choose security over liberty deserve neither; GUN CONTROL=SLAVERY)
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To: JeanS; All
"Some time around 2:45 a.m., I drove the few blocks to the Capitol Complex believing I needed to vote," his second statement said. "Apparently, I was disoriented from the medication."

Take your pick: making a false statement to police, driving while grossly impaired, or both.

29 posted on 05/04/2006 7:11:53 PM PDT by dighton
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To: cripplecreek

I had a mother-in-law who said, "We won't even drink: We'll only have beer."


:-o


30 posted on 05/04/2006 7:12:03 PM PDT by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Sounds like a unique opportunity for Cynthia McKinney to point out the double standard and racism.

Let's watch shall we.


31 posted on 05/04/2006 7:12:06 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
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To: JeanS

It's amazing that there is absolutly no mention whatsoever about Uncle (hic!) Ted's little escapade with a bridge.


32 posted on 05/04/2006 7:12:12 PM PDT by Stand W (Confusion to our enemies)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Chivas Regal = Sleep Medicine.

Kennedys only drink single malt scotches. But they do drink a lot of it and think it is their right whether they are driving a car or piloting an airplane.

33 posted on 05/04/2006 7:12:15 PM PDT by groanup (Shred for Ian)
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To: JeanS

At least he stayed away from the water. :)


34 posted on 05/04/2006 7:12:32 PM PDT by anymouse
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To: JeanS

Then he should be charged with driving under the influence if he was taking prescribed drugs that cause drowziness.


35 posted on 05/04/2006 7:12:38 PM PDT by eastforker (Under Cover FReeper going dark(too much 24))
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To: JeanS

He was sort of, like, sleepwalking. Only it was sleep driving.

I want the names of the officers who instructed the police on the scene not to test him for alcohol.

Do the Kennedys control the DC budget? Doesn't the Republican controlled House and Senate have anything to say about it? I think they should defund the DC police unless they start making a little sense. Highest murder rate, highest unsolved murder rate, and political corruption at the highest levels. And the whole thing funded by a Republican congress that gets no respect.


36 posted on 05/04/2006 7:12:43 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: JeanS

Hopefully the Kennedy's will find out that it's not 1969 anymore.


37 posted on 05/04/2006 7:12:53 PM PDT by buckeyesrule (It just isn't the same without Kellie!!!!)
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To: King Prout

Ran his car aground.


38 posted on 05/04/2006 7:13:00 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Self appointed RNC Press Secretary for Smarmy Sound Bites.)
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To: mombonn

That's his story and he's sticking to it(for now anyway)!


39 posted on 05/04/2006 7:13:30 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (Every time a toilet flushes,another liberal gets his brains.)
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To: JeanS
Phenergan

http://www.drugs.com/Phenergan/index.html

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Promethazine may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience dizziness or drowsiness, avoid these activities.

Probably shouldn't drive on that stuff. In some states that would be just as illegal as drunk driving.
40 posted on 05/04/2006 7:13:32 PM PDT by P-40 (http://www.590klbj.com/forum/index.php?referrerid=1854)
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To: Howlin
Does anybody know if there IS an "Ambien sleep-driving" defense? If there isn't one now, there will be tomorrow! Thank God he didn't kill anyone.
41 posted on 05/04/2006 7:13:54 PM PDT by Palladin ("Governor Lynn Swann."...it has a nice ring to it!)
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To: JeanS

Oh, yeah. I always take sleep medications then go for a drive. Doesn't everyone?


42 posted on 05/04/2006 7:14:31 PM PDT by LucyT ("The dogs bark but the caravan moves on.")
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To: Howlin

No doubt this is the version that got the best score in the polling tests...


43 posted on 05/04/2006 7:14:34 PM PDT by Zeppo
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To: JeanS

LOL! I think I've finally heard it all. Ambien my ass.


44 posted on 05/04/2006 7:14:45 PM PDT by don'tspeak4me
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To: JeanS

Wanna get sleepy?
:o)
45 posted on 05/04/2006 7:14:56 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (So long Danny - gone but not forgotten)
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To: Stand W

They mentioned it on FOX, but it didn't go very far. I think people FEAR mentioning that. You'd think the subject was billyblythe & hillary the way people duck the subject.


46 posted on 05/04/2006 7:14:59 PM PDT by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: JeanS

ROFLMAO!!!! ANYONE who has ever had a drinking problem has used that one! THE OLDDDDD Sleep medication routine!


47 posted on 05/04/2006 7:15:37 PM PDT by Hildy (Producing a penny now costs the government more than 1.4 cents)
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To: JeanS

If he was so "disoriented", how can he be sure he didn't drink?


48 posted on 05/04/2006 7:15:44 PM PDT by mombonn (God is looking for spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.)
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To: don-o

When you're driving down the highway at night
And you're feelin' that wild turkey's bite
Don't give Johnny Walker a ride
Cause Jack Black is right by your side
You might get taken to the jailhouse and find
You've been arrested for driving while blind

Now just the other night with nothin' to do
We broke a case of proof 102
And started itchin' for that wonderful feel
Of rollin' in an automobile
You could say we was out of our mind
And let me tell you we were flyin' while blind

Then they had us up against the wall
Hey it's only blood grain alcohol
And there ain't no cause for alarm
We ain't out to do nobody no harm
How could anyone be so unkind
To arrest a man for drivin' while blind


49 posted on 05/04/2006 7:16:02 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
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To: JeanS

He took sleeping pills while out running around in the wee hours of the morning? What a brainiac.


50 posted on 05/04/2006 7:16:02 PM PDT by abigailsmybaby ("This is the sort of English up with which I will not put." Winston Churchill)
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