Kerry Kennedy Charged with Drug-Impaired Driving; Spokesman Denies Charges

Ex-wife of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and sister of RFK, Jr. due in court next week

NORTH CASTLE, NY -- Kerry Kennedy, ex-wife of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, is denying charges of ability-impaired driving on the heels of her arrest in northern Westchester Friday morning.

State police at the Somers barracks investigated the hit and run property damage auto accident that occurred on Interstate 684 in the town of North Castle at about 8 a.m. Friday morning, according to police reports obtained by Patch.

Police said they received 911 calls describing a white vehicle driving in "an erratic manner in the southbound lanes south of exit 4" that then collided with a truck.

The collision damaged the vehicle and left it with a flat tire, the police report reads; the driver then reportedly took exit 3, and the vehicle was rendered disabled on Rt. 22 shortly afterward.

"North Castle Police located the vehicle and found Kerry Kennedy, 52, of Bedford, NY, seated behind the wheel of a 2008 Lexus RS 350," the report continues. "State Police arrived and a subsequent investigation found Kennedy to be operating the motor vehicle while her ability was impaired by drugs." 

But a spokesman for Kennedy is denying the charges.

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

Kennedy is due in North Castle Court on Tuesday, July 17.

Douglas Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy's brother—who involving moving his newborn son, Bo, around —reacted to hearing the news.

Douglas Kennedy said he has "never in [his] life seen her impaired." He also described his sister "as responsible a person as I have ever met."

Kerry Kennedy has three daughters with Gov. Cuomo; the two divorced in 2005 after marrying in 1990.

I Like That Horse July 14, 2012 at 06:20 AM
I love the question April. May I remind you where this little comment box is located. I'm afraid the children are never finished, nonsense is such a large part of the human condition. Now, back to the nonsense of a woman with the last name of Kennedy, hitting a tractor trailer and all the foolish resentment and speculation her last name inspires. Cue any circus tune of your liking.
Ross Revira July 14, 2012 at 10:09 AM
You think Westchester would be a safer place if the spawn of Robert and Ethel would have stayed in Massachusetts or Virginia?
Peter Marino July 14, 2012 at 11:47 AM
I say go with an Ambien and Lyme defense, between the two you should be able to get away with anything! What's with people getting so serious on here. Do people really love or hate Kennedy's this much? The Kennedys were not as great or as bad as people portray them. They're just human.
lenny July 14, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Human until they put others in harms way.
HH July 14, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Well at least she didn't leave a woman drowning in a car and run off....hey these people are on a different plane then us mortals they think they can get away with anything..she is wrong period..and should face the music ..but i doubt that will happen she will get better treatment then you an I simply because she is from Camelot.
Angel125 July 14, 2012 at 01:03 PM
I read them all,chuckled at a few but I agree with you HH.You must be old enough where you remember first hand what the Ted did :o))
Biffo July 14, 2012 at 01:43 PM
You're right - he is. Where in the article does it state that he's not?
NAO July 14, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Doesn't it usually take longer for blood test to come back than 6 or 8 hours? Not that I know. If they did come back-why didn't the police release them? Perhaps this is Mr. Sunshine's PR way of making it a little sunnier for the Kennedy Clan.
Peter Marino July 14, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Give all of us a certain set of genes and circumstances and we'd all react the same way. "Code and experience is all that separates us." P.M.
James July 14, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Ken sunshine is a well known Hollywood pr man who has represented many celebs, including dicaprio, Streisand, timberlake, and affleck, and according to a 2009 story by NBC in SoCal one of the most powerful men in hollywood. All of that makes him on of the bigger liars you'll ever see. So if anyone knows how to spin a story, it's him.
Cy Green July 14, 2012 at 03:33 PM
If she was sober and drug free, she was involved in a hit and run accident and fled the scene. Guilty one way or another.
This Guy July 14, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I see the names of plenty of people who aren't "famous" in the police blotters....
William G July 14, 2012 at 11:55 PM
THANK YOU MOON. That was my original point in the first comment on this article. Westchester has gentrified and it has gotten lurid and corporatized. Patch is one example of it and their coverage may be part of the new Westchester but has nothing to do with the Westchester that was special before it was invaded by the rich.
WILLIAM L POWELL July 15, 2012 at 02:05 AM
WILLIAM L POWELL July 15, 2012 at 02:20 AM
WILLIAM L POWELL July 15, 2012 at 02:30 AM
kate July 15, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Oh yeah like her cousin Patrick used that defense when he was stopped by the police , Get a grip I for one being a resident of Ma. and RI am sick to death of the Kennedys thinking they are all above the law going back as far as good ol Uncle Teddy. They break the law they should be punished just like you or I would.
Ross Revira July 15, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Moon,are not the Kennedy's (Robert and Ethel's children) the ones living in glass houses. If they are not "human rights" activists or "River keepers" they are people that tell the masses what is wrong with society and who is to blame. Why do they think the laws never apply to them. For being such advocates of the poor why do they act like elitists? Just for your own edification Joseph P. Kennedy the patriarch of the family made his first fortune on Wall St. He was one of the most unscrupulous and crooked speculators on Wall St. After the crash he became the largest bootlegger in the country. So maybe you could say the family's personality has always been one based on criminality with a few instances of genuine virtue.
Andromachos July 15, 2012 at 12:40 PM
The sleep driving defense is a moral defense not a legal one. You can say, sorry, my legal medication I use for a legitimate purpose made me drive impaired, not evil liquor. It makes you appear better, to yourself personally and in the public eye, (and maybe reduces the sentence), it does not relieve you of legal guilt for DWAI.
Nummy July 15, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Mario Cuomo is not but Andrew Cuomo is
HH July 15, 2012 at 02:49 PM
It has nothing to do with the GOP lets place blame where it should be on the Kennedy clan period...dont go off subject and make this political.
Ann July 15, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Hey Moon, The stone cold republican party is the one with morals and ethics. As far as elite goes, HA the democrat politicians are the ones that send their kids to private, high-paying schools. Even Eleanor crazy Roosevelt had a fit when one of her children sent her children to, GASP, a public school! bush's daughters went to public schools. Then u hear democrats say, but the dems are for the little people, LOLOLOL. What fools.
William G. July 16, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Yes, but those reports are in the police blotter section, this story is in the news section, so your justification rings a little hollow and disingenuous.
William G. July 16, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Not exactly equal treatment.
Elizabeth R Baecher July 19, 2012 at 10:27 PM
With few exceptions on either side of the aisle, neither party is for "the little people" or for "morals and ethics." Eleanor Roosevelt was anything but crazy. I'm no big fan of hers, but to describe her as such is nothing short of insane, No doubt she would be highly interested in the logic which figures her into the Kennedy saga. All that said, why all the fuss and feathers over a seemingly drunken or drugged driver? Kennedy family members are not known as teetotalrs, so this figures to be a total non-story. Real news must be in short supply.
Atom July 22, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Wow. Horse . They really must be paying you a lot to defend the KENNEDY name...you are such an elitist in your journalism taste that you feel the Patch is soo small and trivial for you but you are on here defending the Kennedy's as your own family"..........hmmmmm
I'mTheChucker July 22, 2012 at 10:45 PM
The Kennedy's are paying someone to comment on Patch? Are you serious, Atom? That's ridiculous. Do you really think the Kennedys are concerned with, not only who reads this rag, but those who read the comments??????? Are you high?
Joe Taxpayer July 22, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Doesn't this family have their own self-destruction mode?
Ross Revira July 23, 2012 at 11:37 AM
So Elizabeth because the Kennedy family has been known as bootleggers, drunks, drug addicts and adulterers this new episode of their exploits does not deserve reporting?


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