July 14th, 2010
01:57 PM ET
12 years ago

RFK Jr.'s wife faces DUI charge after divorce filing

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/14/art.marykennedy.gi.jpg caption="Mary Kennedy faces a court date next week on a drunk driving charge."]New York (CNN) - The wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. faces a court date next week on a drunk driving charge, the latest in a string of events that began when Kennedy filed for divorce, according to records from Westchester County.

Records from the Westchester County Clerk show that Kennedy filed for divorce form his wife Mary Kennedy on May 12.

The next evening, according to police records, Bedford police responded to a 911 call. When police arrived at the Kennedy residence they found the couple in an argument over taking their four children to a carnival at St. Patrick's School.

According to a "domestic incident" report filed by the officer on the scene, "Mr. Kennedy stated that his wife was intoxicated and was acting
irrational so he took the children to the carnival to remove them from the situation."

No one was injured, the report said.

Two days later, Mary Kennedy was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Bedford Police Lt. Jeff Dickans told CNN that Mary was arrested around 9:15 p.m. on May 15. Dickans said that Bedford police officer Patricia McGraw saw Kennedy's vehicle swerving onto the curb of Greenwich Road in Bedford and asked her to pull over.

Kennedy had slurred speech, and a blood-alcohol-content above than 0.08 percent, the legal limit in New York. She was charged with driving while intoxicated.

"The DUI is pending and we're hopeful that we'll be able to resolve it in the future," her lawyer, Kerry Lawrence, told CNN.

She is due to appear in Town Court on July 22. Lawrence declined to comment on the divorce filing.

Reached through his assistant, Mary Beth Postman, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. also declined to comment on the divorce.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Augsbee

    Nothing new with this family of spoiled brats who behave as if they were above the law. She'll probably get off easy.

    July 14, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. ConsiderThis - FL

    CNN. Don't you think that this is a private matter between two private citizens? How would you like your personal problems to be plastered all over the web so that everybody could pass judgement on you? All of us have problems in our lives and for you to publish this information is classless. What goes around comes around. Maybe you'll see how it feels to have your privacy violated.

    July 14, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |

    What, a Kennedy charged with DUI – I'm SHOCKED! (Not at the drunk driving, of course, but the fact that she woudl be charged. Of course, this was 3 days after divorce was filed (hmmm). And of course, if you are actual blood Kennedy, like RFK Jr, and are caught driving under the influence and acting bizzarly, you get a FREE PASS!

    July 14, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Larry

    Why is this in the political ticker?

    July 14, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. rachel

    Oh those kenndys and their drinks

    July 14, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. deb0155

    Oh, no! Another Kennedy drama! We are so over the Kennedy family! Why is this making news?

    July 14, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. d1120

    It's the Kennedy's.....who cares.

    July 14, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. duffey

    Sad for all involed.

    July 14, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. ehwilson429

    she found out his prefernce (s) that caused her to go out and put on a "TED".

    July 14, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |

    The Kennedys are famous for that. Anyone riding with him better be glad he didn't drive them into a river. Sad, sad, sad Kopeckne affair. Get all the Immoral Kennedys out of politics

    July 14, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. Naqib

    Well... just proves she's a Kennedy...

    Ted would be so proud

    July 14, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. snow

    Just marrying into the kennedy clan screws you up.

    July 14, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. jeff jackson, alabama

    Maybe this powerful liberal couple should
    seek counciling from 19 year old Bristol Palin
    on reconciling differences in a relationship.
    I know they don't like conservatives but hey,
    I'm just saying.

    July 14, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. spencerblair

    My goodness. Even when you think they are all dead the family is just the gift that keeps on giving.

    July 14, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. Dems kill jobs

    Robert is a real piece of... work. Hopefully, he will lose his election bed and try his luck in the private sector. Then he'll realize how far off the liberal agenda is.

    July 14, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Pkm

    Who cares she is human

    July 14, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. bennie new york

    Robert Kennedy Jr. is a great man and a great activist, but it appears this great man has a great flaw: he didn't pick a very good wife for himself.

    July 14, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. JES

    No surprise it runs in the family.

    July 14, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |