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Kerry Kennedy Arrested in Westchester for Allegedly Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

A source familiar with the situation says the police found her passed out behind the wheel

By Jonathan Dienst
|  Saturday, Jul 14, 2012  |  Updated 1:33 PM EDT
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Kerry Kennedy, the ex-wife of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was arrested in Westchester Friday morning for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs, police said. Pei-Sze Cheng has more.

Kerry Kennedy, the ex-wife of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was arrested in Westchester Friday morning for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs, police said. Pei-Sze Cheng has more.

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Kerry Kennedy, the ex-wife of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was arrested in Westchester Friday morning for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs after she accidentally struck a tractor-trailer and fled, police said.

Police responded to 911 calls of a vehicle operating in an erratic manner on Interstate 684 at around 8 a.m. The car, a white 2008 Lexus RS 350, collided with a tractor-trailer, sustaining damage and a flat tire, before driving off the highway at exit 3, authorities said.
 
Police located the car on a state road. State police arrived and determined Kennedy, 52, was operating the car while impaired by drugs.
 
A source familiar with the situation says police found her passed out behind the wheel.
 
Kennedy consented to give blood for analysis, and official results could come in a week. 
 
She was issued uniform traffic tickets and is due in North Castle court on July 17. Driving while under the influence of drugs is a misdemeanor charge.
 
Kennedy's publicist, Ken Sunshine, denied Friday that Kennedy was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
 
“Kerry Kennedy voluntarily took breathalyzer, blood and urine tests – all of which showed no drugs or alcohol whatsoever in her system," he said in a statement. "The charges were filed before the test results were available."
 
Kennedy is the seventh of 11 children of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. She wed Andrew Cuomo in 1990, but the couple split in 2003 in a messy public divorce that played out in the tabloids. They have three daughters.

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