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05-04-06, 09:14 PM #1
Rep. Kennedy crashes car near Capitol
Rep. Kennedy crashes car near Capitol
Rhode Island Democrat denies alcohol involved
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Rep. Patrick Kennedy, son of Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, crashed his car into a barricade on Capitol Hill early Thursday morning, the Rhode Island Democrat said.
"I was involved in a traffic incident last night at First and C Street SE near the U.S. Capitol," Rep. Kennedy said in a news release.
"I consumed no alcohol prior to the incident. I will fully cooperate with the Capitol Police in whatever investigation they choose to undertake."
Kennedy, 39, was not injured in the accident, which apparently happened about 3 a.m., one law enforcement source said.
The elder Kennedy, a fellow Democrat, said he had no immediate comment.
Congressional and law enforcement sources said Capitol Hill Police witnessed the accident, and they reported that Kennedy was the only one in the car, which was badly damaged.
A statement on the police Web site says, "The United States Capitol Police are investigating a traffic violation that occurred in the early morning hours ... in the 100 Block of C Street, SE." They did not identify who was involved or provide other details.
The officials said officers at the scene reported seeing the car swerve before the crash and said Kennedy appeared intoxicated.
After the accident, they drove Kennedy home. There was no indication from the sources that a sobriety test was given or that an arrest was made.
Sean Richardson, Kennedy's chief of staff, confirmed there was an accident involving a vehicle overnight, and said no alcohol was involved.
One source told CNN that Kennedy told a police officer he was late for a vote.
The House was not in session at the time, having adjourned Wednesday night at 11:59, according to its Web site.
CNN has made a formal request for an incident report from the Capitol Hill Police.
CNN's Brian Todd and Ted Barrett contributed to this report
05-04-06, 09:20 PM #2
I'm checking this story out now on Hannity & Colmes. It appears he may have been drunk, and the officers were forced by a supervisor to let him off because of politics. If that's true, then that's awful. Are the Kennedy's born with a bottle in their hand or what?
05-04-06, 09:22 PM #3Originally Posted by LawEnforcementForums
Yeah I was watching Hannity and Colmes, too. What do you think about them driving him home?
05-04-06, 09:32 PM #4Originally Posted by Andrewtx
He should have been arrested if he was legally impaired. I think the on-scene officers did what they were told, and I don't blame them. I blame the supervisors for giving the order.
05-04-06, 09:55 PM #5
Seems all the male Kennedys should have all driver's and pilot's licenses taken away as a precaution.When I used to be somebody (I'm center top)
"A burning desire for social justice is never a substitute for knowing what you're talking about". -Thomas Sowell-
05-04-06, 10:03 PM #6
Ok, he's just released a statement saying he was disoriented due to taking two different medecines (the prescribed amount) at the same time, and that he consumed no alcohol.
05-04-06, 10:10 PM #7
cough cough bullshit cough cough
05-04-06, 10:13 PM #8
05-04-06, 10:23 PM #9"When I'm driving along and I see a sign that says, CAUTION: SMALL CHILDREN AHEAD,
I slow down, and then it occurs to me, I'm not afraid of small children"!
05-05-06, 03:29 AM #10
That supervisor will probably have a new bass boat delivered to his house out of gratitude,.Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft. -
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
05-05-06, 12:15 PM #11
U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy insisted yesterday that he had consumed “no alcohol” before he slammed his Mustang convertible into a concrete barrier near his office, but a hostess at a popular Capitol Hill watering hole told the Herald she saw him drinking in the hours before the crash.
“He was drinking a little bit,” said the woman, who works at the Hawk & Dove and would not give her name.
Leaving his office late last night, Kennedy refused to say whether he’d been to the Hawk & Dove the night before.
05-05-06, 12:24 PM #12
What??? A politician caught out in a lie?! What's this world coming to???
(note: The above should be read with extra thick sarcasm.)
05-05-06, 12:36 PM #13Originally Posted by LawEnforcementForums
05-05-06, 12:44 PM #14
Well I don't know that it's actually unlawful. Just serious abuse of discretion. At the orientation meeting for the Auxiliary Police that I attended the other night, the Captain was laughing about how he pulled over a guy who was obviously DUI, then called his wife to come get him. I was less than impressed.
05-05-06, 03:07 PM #15Rep. Patrick Kennedy is checking himself into a rehabilitation unit, CNN learns.
05-05-06, 03:22 PM #16
What, that a Kennedy would actually ADMIT that they have a substance abuse problem? That's what shocked me.
05-05-06, 03:28 PM #17Originally Posted by 213th
The problem is the order is not unlawful because their is no law that states you must charge someone who is driving while impaired. Is it unethical, or wrong...yeah, probably so. But if you disobeyed that direct order, right or not, you could kiss your job goodbye.
05-05-06, 04:12 PM #18FishTail GuestOriginally Posted by 213th
That sounds like splitting hairs but in reality it means that my superiors can order me to go and patrol a certain area, go look for certain offences and do certain duties. It also means though that I cannot be told how to exercise my discretion when acting in the course of my duties. I cannot be ordered to either arrest or not arrest a violator.
In the words of the court "each constable is an individual agent deriving his authority directly from the Crown and as such each is individually responsible for his exercise of his authority."
In reality, if I stood up to a boss and tried to quote that to him I'd get reamed a new one. But legally, I have unfettered discretion in the exercise of my office as constable.
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