Update: Report: Kerry Kennedy had Ambien in her system

The New York Daily News is reporting that Kerry Kennedy, former wife of N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo and daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, tested positive for zolpidem, the chemical name for Ambien, after her DUI arrest, according to blood test results submitted by the prosecutor’s office today.

This report contradicts the claims by Kennedy’s spokesperson that:

“Kerry Kennedy voluntarily took breathalyzer, blood and urine tests — all of which showed no drugs or alcohol whatsoever in her system,” spokesman Ken Sunshine said in the Friday statement. “The charges were filed before the test results were available.”  Kerry Kennedy arrested for DUI

According to the Daily News, “Kennedy was found slumped over the wheel of her car and, according to police reports, could not walk, talk or see straight.  Kennedy’s newly-hired lawyer, John D. Pappalardo, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.”

Assuming New York law is substantially similar to Illinois law, Kennedy can be found guilty of a DUI for driving under the influence of a prescription medication, if that medication impaired her ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

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