Imbibing bad-boy U. S. Rep Patrick Kennedy: "Sorry, sir, the dog ate my homework.... umm, no.... I was rushing to the Senate for a vote...."
And, after having the story outed, the "Bard of Avon" might have asked: "What trick, what device, what starting-hole canst thou now find out, to hide thee from this open and apparent shame?" (Henry IV)
Well, you know how these things go among the above-the-law royal elites, especially in Washington, D.C..... They're rights are artificially superior to those of us poor ordinary folk.
Patrick Kennedy, an historic alcohol abuser who had another wreck a few weeks ago, abused his Congressional immunity by lying about being on his way in the middle of the night for a House of Representatives vote when the House was not in session, lied that he had not been drinking, and apparently had not prepared for a potential public report from a cocktail waitress who works at a Washington "watering" hole and said that he had been drinking there.
Kennedy blew off a statement by one of the original police officers on scene who said he smelled alcohol on Kennedy, claiming---in his first public statement about his screw-up---that he had not been drinking at all.
Bad-boy Patrick is making a career out of proving the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. His father, Sen. Edward "Teddy" Kennedy, D-Mass., has his own history of alcohol abuse, cheating on his wife, and facillitating the death of Mary Jo Kopechne---a young female intern with whom he was alone on an island after partying with other interns and Congressmen there--when he ran his car into the water at Chappaquidick, swam to shore to save only himself, and left poor Mary Jo to drown in the submerged car after living for two hours in an air bubble.
The self-protecting, cowardly Sen. Teddy then waited some 18 or so hours before alerting the police, whom he told the whopper that he had swum across the entire channel to get back to the mainland. So..., young Patrick has a role model for irresponsible behavior and telling unbelievable whoppers. That investigation, too, was buried for the sake of the royal Kennedys.
If you or I had been swerving our car that we were driving in the wrong lane at 2:45 a.m. with the lights off, narrowly missed hitting a police cruiser, hit a security barricade, stumbled when trying to walk, smelled of alcohol, and lied about where we were going, we would have been required to take field sobriety tests and would not have been given a polite and protective ride home. We would have been charged with DUI or being under the influence of mind-altering drugs and hauled off to sober up in stoney-lonesome. And we would have later been charged with lying to a police officer.
Seems some folks are just more equal than all other folks...!
Read about it in excerpts below and in newsflash from drudgereport.
"KENNEDY CAR CRASH COVER-UP?"
Police labor union officials asked acting Chief Christopher McGaffin this afternoon to allow a Capitol Police officer to complete his investigation into an early-morning car crash involving Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), son of Sen. Ted Kennedy.
ROLL CALL reports: According to a letter sent by Officer Greg Baird, acting chairman of the USCP FOP, the wreck took place at approximately 2:45 a.m. Thursday when Kennedy's car, operating with its running lights turned off, narrowly missed colliding with a Capitol Police cruiser and smashed into a security barricade....
“The driver exited the vehicle and he was observed to be staggering,” Baird’s letter states. Officers approached the driver, who “declared to them he was a Congressman and was late to a vote. The House had adjourned nearly three hours before this incident. It was Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy from Rhode Island.”
Baird wrote that Capitol Police Patrol Division units, who are trained in driving under the influence cases, were not allowed to perform basic field sobriety tests on the Congressman. Instead, two sergeants, who also responded to the accident, proceeded to confer with the Capitol Police watch commander on duty and then “ordered all of the Patrol Division Units to leave the scene and that they were taking over.”
A source tells the DRUDGE REPORT: "It was apparent that the driver was intoxicated (stumbling) and claimed he was in a hurry to make a vote.
"When it became apparent who it was, instead of processing a normal DWI, the watch commander had the Patrol units clear the scene. The commander allowed other building officials drive Kennedy home." This morning's incident comes just over two weeks after Kennedy was involved in a car accident in Rhode Island....
Kennedy said in a written 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."
Now that field sobriety tests have been prevented....