Left: Kennedy (right) at a Washington fundraiser
(Washington, DC) Rep. Patrick Kennedy confirmed through staffers that he was involved in an accident, but said that he had no been drinking.
"I was involved in a traffic accident last night at First and C Street SE near the U.S. Capitol," Kennedy said in a statement released by his office. "I consumed no alcohol prior to the incident. I will fully cooperate with the Capitol Police in whatever investigation they choose to undertake."
A letter composed by a Capitol Police officer to acting Chief Christopher McGaffin said that Kennedy appeared to be staggering when he left his vehicle after the crash about 3 am.
Kennedy has spent time in a rehab clinic, and has also publicly discussed his need to take medications for bipolar disorder.