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Mary Kennedy in Trouble Again, With DWAI-Drugs Arrest - Update

The wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was pulled over in Pleasant Valley, NY.

Mary Kennedy, wife of Robert Kennedy, Jr., is in legal trouble again and has been charged with Driving While Ability Impaired with drugs, or DWAI-drugs, after a traffic stop Saturday.

State police said she was pulled over on the Taconic State Parkway, in the Dutchess County, town of Pleasant Valley on Aug. 21 at around 7:51 a.m. According to field tests done by police, it was determined that she was impaired by drugs at the time of her arrest. She is due to appear in Pleasant Valley town court on Aug. 26 at 5 p.m.

Capt. Robert Nuzzo of Troop K said the woman was caught driving at 82 mph at the time. She was brought to police headquarters in Poughkeepsie, where tests revealed that she had prescription medication in her system, Nuzzo said. He said that she was also charged with speeding, a violation.

Kerry Lawrence, Kennedy's attorney, told The Journal News that she was on her way to a yoga class at the Omega Institute, which is in nearby Rhinebeck. As of Tuesday morning, Lawrence has not responded to requests from Patch for an interview.

Kennedy was arrested for DWI in May in Bedford, after a Bedford police officer reported her to be intoxicated when she was encountered near the driveway of St. Patrick's School. At that time, she recorded a .11 BAC level in a sobriety test, well above the state's legal limit of .08.

Kennedy pleaded to a lesser offense of DWAI last month in Bedford town court. Her license was suspended for 90 days, and she was required to pay $500 in fines. Her suspension, however, had conditional driving periods.

According to Nuzzo, no charges with regards to violating the conditional suspension are listed. Lawrence, in his Journal News interview, said that Kennedy was within the terms of her conditions when she was heading to the Omega Institute.

Micki Leonard August 24, 2010 at 07:36 PM
Because they are trying to make her look bad! Micki
Uncle Bernie August 24, 2010 at 07:37 PM
you are too stupid to live
Marie August 24, 2010 at 07:38 PM
I have been ill for the last three years and have to use prescription drugs, there is a recommendation on some of my prescription medicine bottles that says use caution while driving, could impair judgement, which I was also warned by my doctor. Unfortunately, it is left up to the individual to make the the decision to drive, considering how various medicines could impact a person differently. I took no chances and have not driven in 3 years and have sold my car. There are so many people abusing prescription drugs, who are not ill and are depicting a negative light on those who are truly ill with life threatening diseases. Not sure what prescription drug showed up in Kennedy's test, but regardless no one...should speed down a road at 82 miles, this alone could harm or kill someone.
sister facetious August 24, 2010 at 08:01 PM
<yawn> this is about as newsworthy content as it is everytime Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan get into trouble with the law (again)....
gail August 24, 2010 at 08:14 PM
"While impaired". (period) who cares who she is, do you want your, your family, your friends how about your children on the at same road with an impaired driver?
Betty J August 24, 2010 at 08:19 PM
To Linda Compton... LOL...your comment about this woman needing a new mantra made me do a spit-take!
jim August 24, 2010 at 08:23 PM
SOMEONE HAS TO KEEP UP THE FAMILY TRADITION.
Stanley August 24, 2010 at 08:28 PM
How maudlin that anyone would complain about grammar. And as a matter of fact, it is as illegal to drive impaired by perscription drugs than it is to drive impaired by alcohol or illegal drugs. In fact, the abuse of legal drugs is a far bigger problem than illegal drugs, and the only reason nothing is done about the situation is because the big drug corporations and rich doctors hire lobbyists to buy our government and protect the rich from having any responsibility for the carnage they are spreading to make their fortunes. The rich control this country and are close to destroying it, but it doesn't seem that the ordinary citizen can figure it out.
Chuck August 24, 2010 at 08:33 PM
For those of you who are quick to judge the Kennedys, they have given much to this country.For those who live in glass houses dont throw stones. Get my meaning? None of us are perfect. Chuck
Dawn August 24, 2010 at 08:34 PM
Yes! Driving while taking a prescription drug is an offense if it can impair you! It certainly is! Even taking cold medicine is an offense while driving if it impairs you which it could! She has had problems in the past. Many drug abusers are drug abusers of prescription drugs! They go to several different Dr and pharmacies and get the medication..... one doesn't know the other is prescribing the same thing. It happens everyday! So sad but true....
upurs August 24, 2010 at 08:46 PM
test1
Dee August 24, 2010 at 08:48 PM
To Dawn who wrote: Yes! Driving while taking a prescription drug is an offense if it can impair you! It certainly is! Even taking cold medicine is an offense while driving if it impairs you which it could! She has had problems in the past. Many drug abusers are drug abusers of prescription drugs! They go to several different Dr and pharmacies and get the medication..... one doesn't know the other is prescribing the same thing. It happens everyday! So sad but true.... This is not true about different doctors, different pharmacies... This was in NYS, correct? In NYS as I believe it is in all states now- controlled drugs are monitored by the insurance company paying for the prescription, it is virtually impossible- unless you are paying out of pocket- even then, I believe they monitor names regionally. They even monitor cold medicines now.
upurs August 24, 2010 at 08:55 PM
the BAC LEVEL used to be,.12 and after much testing was deemed safe"M.A.D.D" comes on the scene,with trillions in hand and creates additions to the law,including,attempting to lower the BAC TO; .02,which was blocked."M.A.D.D" has been abusing our legal system with their rendition of what is safe.they're BAC LEVELS of .08 do not target drunks,they target decent americans.they have been using our government to create wealth for themselves,and now,they are also accepting tax money for themselves too!.."we the people"..should be allowed to vote out some of these extremely unfair attachments that they have instituted..."M.A.D.D" started out as a deent private organization and then was bought out by large corp., who fired all of the original founders and turned this law into a deceitful thief and has made a mockery out of our government and the people in the name of wealth and prohibition..!..they need to be stopped.thank you.
Bob August 24, 2010 at 09:03 PM
What a freekin loser! Typical Kennedy, should be made an example of but will probably get off because of her loser husband.
Rebecca Thomas August 24, 2010 at 09:14 PM
Do they have their own 'Housewives' series? I wanna watch. Maybe she has Danielle's yoga advisor in NJ.....
sidonia schumann August 24, 2010 at 09:21 PM
None of the Kennedys have ever experienced drug, alcohol or infidelity issues. Every negative story ever printed about them was generated by the late great J Edgar Hoover. His ghost still haunts the building, dressed in a Victoria's Secret tutu and long curly hair weave.
Molly McElroy August 24, 2010 at 09:27 PM
Oh, LINDA ! You read my mind & made my day ~ that was GREAT ! ;o)
annie August 24, 2010 at 09:37 PM
Drugs and Booze the Kennedy way of life. A bunch of crooks and horny toads from old man Joe down the list. They all think they are above the law and entitled to everything from your money,political office to women.
jojo August 24, 2010 at 09:44 PM
Being associated w/ the Kennedys' would drive anyone to drink whether liquid or Chappaquidick.....
Dianne August 24, 2010 at 09:48 PM
Female and she is a Kennedy, she will get away with it. Wonder if M.A.D. will come out and say something, then again M.A.D. normally says nothing when it is a high profile female arrested for d.u.i. Shows you there true agenda
Richy Rich August 24, 2010 at 09:54 PM
I also think it is hyped, the police saw her record and jumped to conclusions about her being impaired, it is 7:30 in the morning for God's sake!! They have to do a blood test to establish this and that usually takes 24 hours. I can't judge anyone , as that would admitting that i am better than God!! I do pray for all of you!!
karen August 24, 2010 at 10:03 PM
For those who keep saying she's Ted Kennedy's daughter -- no she's not. She's the wife of Robert Kennedy's son, Robert Jr.
ColorFastBear August 24, 2010 at 11:18 PM
Uh, just a minor point. I just glanced at the yellow notice on the side of an old Percocet bottle left over from a dental procedure, and it states: "Use CARE when operating a car or dangerous machinery." It doesn't state:"Do NOT drive." But regardless of pills, booze, cell phones, applying make-up, unruly children or pets, or loading the CD player, there is no legitimate reason to speed.
Marian Farkas August 25, 2010 at 12:15 AM
Kennedy or no Kennedy driving while impaired and speeding canot not be forgiven, someboy may die one of these days and her licence should be revoked for a long time of rehab. Safety first and I do not care who she is. MARIAN
Kathy August 25, 2010 at 02:24 AM
Robert...this is not the first time she has been stopped...and whether they were prescription drugs or something else...first of all she was speeding (82mph)and you said first timers usually get a break anyhow, unless there are injuries or maybe just maybe they kill someone because they are impaired...does Teddy Kennedy, MaryJo Kopechne and Chappaquidick ring a bell...hmmmm guess you have to have the "Kennedy" name to be able to buy yourself out of an alcohol related accident that caused a young woman to be sent to a watery grave...oh and lest we forget it took him hours to report it...could that have any relationship to the amt of time he needed to sober up?!?!?!? Just askiing????????
Molly McElroy August 25, 2010 at 05:08 AM
Stanley? Honey, look up "maudlin" in the dictionary, then get a thesaurus to say what you REALLY mean.
TheMacaroni August 25, 2010 at 01:58 PM
Impaired driving is a far cry from putting bullets in other party members and presidents.we leave that up to right wing nut jobs.Omg morning satire.
Francis T McVetty August 25, 2010 at 09:15 PM
It was a bad idea to issue a conditional drivers license to her and I stated so at the time. She of all people could afford a car service and did NOT need to drive. I don't remember so many postings on any subject before on the Patch . All the OMG's what are you all "valley girls" ?HaHa. It is time to start making our dwi's and dwu's more painful for the people that commit them. Look around the world and see how other countries deal with the problem. Our death rate from drunk driving is still TOO high. Look out for your friends when you are at a party. Take their car keys when you see that they are in no shape to operate a motor vehicle. Have some guts to do so. They may be mad at you at the time but will thank you the next day when they recover from the alcohol. It is sometimes hard to do the right thing, isn't it? Safe travel.
Francis T McVetty August 30, 2010 at 07:43 PM
Stanley, "The rich control this country and are close to destroying it, but it doesn't seem that the ordinary citizen can figure it out". What planet have you been living on? It is the progressives that are destroying this country not the rich. From those who have to those who don't is the motto. Sound familiar, it is the from the Communist manifesto. I do think that you have been in the public school system too long. Learn from history, communism does NOT work and neither does socialism.
Francis T McVetty August 30, 2010 at 07:52 PM
upars, you must be related to Stanley. You are both reading from the same play book. The level of .08 does target people that drink and drive. This is a REPUBLIC and as such we elect representatives to represent us. I know this may be a hard thing for some of you out there, but that is how it works. I only say this because it seems to me the "new" generation really doesn't know how our government works much less the constitution. If you don't like the law that was passed by our representatives than elect someone that does represent your view, better yet run for elected office.

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