Marginal Footnotes

[Patrick] Kennedy and Car Accidents
May 5, 2006, 1:14 pm
Filed under: Politics, Uncategorized

Patrick Kennedy apparently got picked up by the U.S. Capitol Police last night for operating a vehicle according to Roll Call (subs required) with 'its running lights turned off', nearly 'colliding with a Capitol Police cruiser', and 'smash[ing] into a security barricade at First and C streets Southeast'.  Kennedy says he was not drinking, but rather that he is on medication for gastroenteritis.  Fine.  No reason to doubt him.  But Roll Call quotes Kennedy thus:

“Following the last series of votes Wednesday evening, I returned to my home on Capitol Hill and took the prescribed amount of Phenergan and Ambien, which was also prescribed by the Attending Physician some time ago and I occasionally take to fall asleep. Some time around 2:45am, I drove the few blocks to the Capitol Complex believing I needed to vote'.


'I now know [it] can cause drowsiness and sedation'.

The question, it seems to me, is why he didn't notice he was incapable of safely driving a vehicle, and why he didn't simply call a staffer for a ride.  Why does he only know 'now' that his medication can cause 'drowsiness' and 'sedation' if he occasionally uses the drugs to 'fall asleep'?  He may not have been drinking, but he was still behaving irresponsibly. 



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[…] In an earlier post, I suggested that we should give Patrick Kennedy the benefit of the doubt regarding his recent mix-up with the law, that we had no reason to disbelieve him we he said he wasn't drinking but disoriented from prescription medication (and therefore shouldn't have been driving anyway). […]

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