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Capitol police investigate motive behind story [Patrick Kennedy + conflicting statements]
Boston Herald ^ | May 6, 2006 | Casey Ross

Posted on 05/06/2006 12:34:01 AM PDT by CellPhoneSurfer

Capitol police investigate motive behind story By Casey Ross Saturday, May 6, 2006 - Updated: 02:16 AM EST

Police are investigating whether U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s bizarre crash-scene story about being late for a 2:45 a.m. vote was a desperate attempt to escape an OUI bust by invoking a law that prevents members of Congress from being arrested while en route to formal sessions, authorities said.

Kennedy, who yesterday admitted an addiction to prescription pain medication, told officers upon emerging from his Mustang convertible Thursday morning that he was “late for a vote,” even though formal business had ended hours earlier, according to a police statement.

“There are a lot of different thoughts as to why he said that,” Capitol police officer Mike Killough said. “We’re looking into what he stated and what other people have to say about what he did that night.”

Killough said police are careful to observe a provision contained in the U.S. Constitution that protects members of Congress against arrest while traveling to and from formal sessions.

The constitutional provision includes exceptions for “felony or breach of peace” - which could apply to Kennedy’s actions, depending on what investigators find - but Killough said cops typically use restraint when Congress is in session.

“You can always take appropriate action afterward, and we have in the past,” he said.

A hostess at the Hawk ’n’ Dove bar, a popular Capitol Hill watering hole, told the Herald that Kennedy was drinking in the hours before cops say they watched his Mustang swerve eratically, nearly hit a police cruiser and smash into a concrete security barricade.

Kennedy said he did not drink alcohol before the accident and instead blamed his actions on a reaction to the sleep medication Ambien and a gastroenteritis drug called Phenergan.

After initially saying he got behind the wheel because he was disoriented and believed he needed to vote, Kennedy said yesterday he has no memory of getting out of bed or crashing his car.

Conflicting statements

U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (D-R.I.) seemed to remember a good bit about his Thursday morning car accident on Thursday evening. But by Friday afternoon, his memory was failing.

THURSDAY: “Following the last series of votes on Wednesday evening, I returned to my home on Capitol Hill and took the prescribed amount of Phenergan and Ambien, . . .Some time around 2:45 a.m., I drove the few blocks to the Capitol complex believing I needed to vote. Apparently, I was disoriented from the medication. At that time, I was involved in a one-car incident in which my car hit the security barrier at the corner of 1st and C St., SE.”

“At the time of the accident, I was instructed to park my car and was driven home by the United States Capitol Police. At no time did I ask for any special consideration, I simply complied with what the officers asked me to do.”

FRIDAY: “I simply do not remember getting out of bed, being pulled over by the police or being cited for three driving infractions. That’s not how I want to live my life. And that’s not how I want to represent the people of Rhode Island.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Rhode Island
KEYWORDS: 109th; capitolpolice; dc; dui; patchaquiddick; patches; patrickkennedy; ratcrime; specialtreatment
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To: prion
You have nailed it. They do it all the time here in the People's Republic of NY. Two years ago they ran Whatshisname Jones against Chucky Cheese Schumer. Jones lost. Who knew?

What happens with the stupid party is that they allow these clymers like Kennedy and Schumer to get entrenched and then when they actually run a decent candidate as when Romney ran against the Cape Cod Orca in '96, the fight is extremely tough leads the genius leadership to conclude it's not worth the fight and the money. So they give up and that's where we are now. (Except for Hellary because somehow they're deluded that she's the one candidate they can go after.)

41 posted on 05/06/2006 3:42:24 AM PDT by Dahoser (Time to condense the stupid party nonsense: Terry Tate for RNC chairman.)
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To: prion

"Yeah. Some Guy."

Actually, I don't think Any Guy is running against him, but that could change, the filing deadline is June 28th per today's NY Post.

Good post, though, you're right, you can't beat somebody with nobody and no support.


42 posted on 05/06/2006 3:43:01 AM PDT by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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To: CellPhoneSurfer
His father has trained him well.

Carolyn

43 posted on 05/06/2006 3:45:04 AM PDT by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: SkyPilot
I work an overnight shift, and will be heading to bed soon, and I just wanted to thank you for that picture, which will induce nightmares in me. Thanks for nuthin. ;)

(shudder)

44 posted on 05/06/2006 4:02:15 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (If you flame me I'll ignore you. Assume that to mean I think you're an idiot not worth my time.)
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To: Darkwolf377
Sorry about that.

Here is a better image to put you to sleep.


45 posted on 05/06/2006 4:08:11 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Cementjungle

No physical proof of intoxication? Swerving eratically, nearly hitting a police cruiser and smashing into a concrete security barricade aint exactly sober acts are they?


46 posted on 05/06/2006 4:08:39 AM PDT by Rock N Jones
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To: SkyPilot
Here's a post from DU--my God, this is incredible:

"Rather, Kennedy stood before all the cameras and said it like it was. No wimpy tears, nada, stating voters come first. Took the blame like a MAN, a STATESMAN at that."

Uh, was that before or after he said he took prescription drugs, and LIED that he was "on the way to a vote" (he was clearheaded enough to use that one, a grasping at straws involving the DC police not stopping anyone who has to make a vote for certain reasons), or was that before or after he drove while under the influence--potentially endangering lives--and said he "didn't recall", or was that before or after he got preferential treatment from the cops?

It's really amazing how they laughed their asses off over Limbaugh, who never drove under the influence that I know of, but are prostrating themselves over this poor victim.

47 posted on 05/06/2006 4:14:27 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (If you flame me I'll ignore you. Assume that to mean I think you're an idiot not worth my time.)
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To: SkyPilot

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...


48 posted on 05/06/2006 4:16:35 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (If you flame me I'll ignore you. Assume that to mean I think you're an idiot not worth my time.)
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To: Rock N Jones
HE'S A KENNEDY!

Say this over & over until it sinks in.

49 posted on 05/06/2006 4:19:31 AM PDT by johnny7 (ďNah, I ainít Jewish, I just donít dig on swine, thatís all.Ē)
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To: CellPhoneSurfer; All

If he cannot remember, perhaps he forgot chugging a liter of schnapps to wash down the pills!


50 posted on 05/06/2006 4:21:33 AM PDT by Solamente (Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out...)
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To: SkyPilot
The picture of Kennedy in the back brace was taken after he was in a plane crash.

A complete picture of the Life cover will show a date on the lower right hand corner, years before Mary Jo.

51 posted on 05/06/2006 4:37:49 AM PDT by Atlantian
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To: laconic
All but the most gullible (and the willing helpers in the press) can see through this garbage.

Yep – a great set of spin doctors on retainer.
52 posted on 05/06/2006 4:59:14 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: SkyPilot

Add William Jefferson, Democrat Congressman from Lousiana.

Seems he has been receiving bribes. The briber is in trouble with the law. Since Jefferson wasn't brought down simultaneously with the briber, some think that somehow he might skate. I doubt it. Even Pelosi - who is well aware of her "culture of corruption" being on the line against Republicans - said yesterday that the House Ethics Committee should investigate Jefferson.

Oh and that reminds me...Alan Mollohand of West Virginia who was the ranking Dem on the Ethics Committee had to resign from it due to ethical problems - BIGTIME - of his own.


53 posted on 05/06/2006 5:11:36 AM PDT by txrangerette ("We are fighting al-Qaeda, NOT Aunt Sadie"...Dick Cheney commenting on the wiretaps!!)
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To: CellPhoneSurfer
I noticed this is from the Boston Herald

The newspaper of record in Boston, the Globe, has a different take.....

" One of our Favorite Sons victim of unscrupulous doctor".

/sarc

54 posted on 05/06/2006 5:14:15 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: SkyPilot

Frick! Michael Jackson's looking rough these days!


55 posted on 05/06/2006 5:20:01 AM PDT by Leisler (Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslim.)
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To: SkyPilot

Lookie here:

Scandals may blunt Dem attacks on GOP (RAT transgressions undercut campaign issue)

Address:http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1627779/posts


56 posted on 05/06/2006 5:35:35 AM PDT by txrangerette ("We are fighting al-Qaeda, NOT Aunt Sadie"...Dick Cheney commenting on the wiretaps!!)
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To: laconic

The "Kennedy curse" is actually an arrogant, iron clad attitude of superiority and unaccountability that was instilled into the entire family by Papa Joe. Believing they are absolutely superior to us ordinary mortals and that they are unaccountable for their actions has led all the Kennedys to extreme recklessness in their public an private lives, recklessness that's cost many of them their own lives, and, far worse, cost the life of at least one mostly innocent young woman, instead of the life of the evil pig who was trying to seduce her.


57 posted on 05/06/2006 5:35:43 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: Dallas59

I love DUI porn


58 posted on 05/06/2006 5:37:24 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: jk4hc4

......I would imagine that he is probably the norm in R.I. as they appear to be very proud of him........

They are so bad off in RI they have to import role models from Boston.


59 posted on 05/06/2006 5:41:47 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. Slay Pinch)
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To: Darkwolf377

The thing that saves these shanty Irish criminals is that the money still, to this day, continues to roll in.


60 posted on 05/06/2006 5:45:13 AM PDT by RetSignman (( HELP...I'm trapped between these curved things))
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