Left: Dazed and confused?
(Washington, DC) Rep. Patrick Kennedy, who was involved in a 2:45 am crash Thursday morning, now indicates that prescription drugs may have been involved in the accident.
Kennedy originally issued a statement denying that he had been drinking. Late Thursday evening, though, his chief of staff issued a statement that claimed the congressman was on a prescribed combination of Ambien - a sleep medication - and Phenergan, an anti-nausea drug.
The Rhode Island congressman was driving a green Ford Mustang when it crashed into a security barrier at 1st and "C" streets in Southeast DC. Police say that the car nearly struck a Capitol police cruiser and that it had been swerving.
Earlier reports indicated that police officers observed Kennedy staggering.
In a written statement, Kennedy claimed that he returned home after a long session on Capitol Hill Wednesday, taking "the prescribed amount" of Phenergan and Ambien.
Around 2:45 am, according to Kennedy, he drove back to the Capitol building believing he still needed to vote.
"Apparently, I was disoriented from the medication," he said.
Both drugs have contraindications against operating machinery while using the medications. Both are noted for causing drowsiness as a side effect, and the synergism of the two must have been a potent combination.
That is, IF the current version of the story is the accurate one.
Why, though, would someone that doped up be thinking about anything other than sleeping? I have taken Ambien, and it works well as a sleep inducer, but I never thought about driving a car while under its effects.
At any rate, Kennedy's public admission will likely net him a DUI or DWI in the DC justice system. Prosecutors will be hard pressed not to arrest him with this announcement.