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Mary Kennedy Pleads Not Guilty To DWI Charge

Mary Richardson Kennedy, the wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., is scheduled to reappear in Bedford town court in July after she pleaded not guilty Thursday night to a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated.

Mary Richardson Kennedy, the wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., is scheduled to reappear in Bedford town court in July after she pleaded not guilty Thursday night to a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated.

Kennedy, 50, was arraigned in town court after she was arrested on May 15 for allegedly driving drunk at the intersection of Route 22 and Greenwich Road. Her next court appearance is scheduled for July 15.

"We hope there will be a resolution to the case at the next court date," said Kerry Lawrence, Kennedy's attorney. 

Kennedy declined to speak with reporters after the arraignment.

During the proceeding, Town Justice Kevin J. Quaranta advised Kennedy and Lawrence that he would treat the case like any other DWI case before asking the defendant to surrender her drivers license.

Lawrence said Kennedy will be given a drug and alcohol assessment to determine if any additional treatment is needed. Lawrence told Quaranta that the assessment would be completed by next week. Lawrence said a private provider is doing the evaluation, but he did not say who it was. 

Kennedy's husband, who is the son of former state governor U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and the nephew of former President John F. Kennedy, was not present during the court proceedings.

Kennedy was arrested a short distance from her home in Bedford at about 9 p.m.after Bedford police Officer Andrew Klein saw her Volvo drive onto the curb of the St. Patrick's School driveway. She had no passengers in the car at the time of the incident.

Kennedy allegedly told Klein, who was directing traffic for the school's carnival, that she was there to pick up people. It's still not clear who she was planning to pick up.

Klein asked Kennedy to take a field sobriety test after he noticed that her speech was slurred and he smelled alcohol in the car.

Kennedy failed the field sobriety test and was given a breathalyzer test, which showed that she had a blood alcohol content of .11. She was taken into police custody, processed and released on her recognizance. Her car was towed away from the scene.

A person is charged with DWI if they have a blood alcohol content .08 or higher. A misdemeanor DWI charge can carry a maximum fine of $1,000 and minimum drivers license revocation of six months. The charge can also lead to a maximum jail sentence of one year.

According to police records, the arrest follows two previous visits to the Kennedy residence at 326 South Bedford Road.

On May 13, police received a 911 call at 9:16 p.m. from the home, but the caller hung up before any information was taken. They responded to the scene, and were at the residence for approximately 50 minutes. Kennedy reported that she had an argument with family members. The officers left after filing a New York State domestic incident report.

And on May 10, Bedford police responded to a call from the home regarding a squabble between the Kennedy children. No further investigation is pending either of the two domestic incidents.

 

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