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Kerry Kennedy Arrested In North Castle On Drug-Impaired Driving Charge

NORTH CASTLE, N.Y. — The former wife of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and daughter of the late U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was arrested Friday morning on drug-related charges after New York State Police in Somers investigated a hit-and-run car accident on Interstate 684 at about 8 a.m. Friday.

Officials said they received 911 calls from several motorists who reported a white vehicle operating in an erratic manner that had collided with a tractor-trailer in the southbound lanes south of Exit 4. As a result of the collision, the car sustained damage and a flat tire, left the highway at Exit 3 and became disabled on State Route 22, according to police.

North Castle police said they located the vehicle and found 52-year-old Kerry Kennedy of Bedford seated behind the wheel of the 2008 Lexus RS 350. State police arrested her and charged her with driving while her ability was impaired by drugs, a misdemeanor.

Kennedy's spokesman Ken Sunshine denied she was impaired. “Kerry Kennedy voluntarily took breathalyzer, blood and urine tests – all of which showed no drugs or alcohol whatsoever in her system,” he said in a statement. “The charges were filed before the test results were available.”

Tickets were issued, and Kennedy was released on her own recognizance. She is due back in North Castle Court on July 17 at 6 p.m.

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