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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Ambien Found In Kerry Kennedy’s Blood After Accident

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.  – A court document says the drug found in Ambien sleeping pills was found in Kerry Kennedy’s blood after her recent New York auto accident.

A urine test found no trace of alcohol.

The ex-wife of Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a week ago that her doctors thought a seizure caused the July 11 accident. She said their tests found no alcohol, recreational drugs or prescription medication in her system.

She acknowledged, however, that she told a police officer she might have taken an Ambien by accident instead of her thyroid medication.

“I remember getting on the highway and then I have no memory until I was stopped at a traffic light and a police officer was at my car door,” Kennedy told reporters after her arraignment.

Kennedy continued driving after the accident until her car became disabled, authorities said. Police also allege that Kennedy failed a standing-on-one-leg test and a walk-and-turn test, according to court papers.

The person in law enforcement told The Associated Press the Ambien was found in a blood test taken for police. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the test results have not been made public.

A call to Kennedy’s lawyer was not immediately returned.

Kennedy faces a fine, loss of driving privileges and possible jail time if convicted. The judge also ordered Kennedy to be evaluated by a state agency that will monitor her treatments.

Kennedy separated from Cuomo in 2003. They divorced in 2005 and have three daughters.

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