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Several weeks ago, Rhode Island Democrat and son of Ted Kennedy, Patrick Kennedy, received stitches after accidentally being hit in the mouth with a hammer during a meeting.

It appears he may have again been “hammered”, but this time in a very different sort of way.

He was involved in a car crash early Thursday morning, the second such crash in two weeks.

Here’s his second statement made on this latest wreck:

Kennedy said he returned to his Capitol Hill home on Wednesday evening after a final series of votes in Congress and took “prescribed” amounts of Phenergan and Ambien, another prescribed drug that he occasionally takes to fall asleep.

Some time around 2:45 a.m., I drove the few blocks to the Capitol Complex believing I needed to vote,” his second statement said. “Apparently, I was disoriented from the medication.”

Kennedy appeared to be intoxicated when he crashed his Ford Mustand into a barrier on Capitol Hill early Thursday morning, said Louis P. Cannon, president of the Washington chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police.

So he believed he needed to vote at 2:45 a.m. this morning? Move along people, nothing to see here but a hard-working representative rushing to the Capitol to register the position of his contituents on an important legislative issue. Give me a break!

Here’s the likely real reason he claimed he was heading to a vote:

Article 1, Section 6: The Senators and Representatives shall receive a compensation for their services, to be ascertained by law, and paid out of the treasury of the United States. They shall in all cases, except treason, felony and breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance at the session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any speech or debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other place.

It was an attempt to avoid arrest.

Cannon, who was not there, said the officers involved in the accident were instructed by an official “above the rank of patrolman” to take Kennedy home

No sobriety tests were conducted at the scene.

Big surprise. Mary Jo Kopechne still unavailable for comment.

From Michelle Malkin:

Officers Claim Brass Interfered in Investigation of Rep. Kennedy Incident, ROLL CALL reports… MORE… 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.).

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 at First and C streets Southeast.

Michelle calls reader’s attention to Patrick’s signature on the police report (note: this was the police report from the first crash):

One of her readers says:

In spite of what the officer wrote, there is no way an unimpaired person writes like that.

Well, I found a copy of Patrick Kennedy’s signature on one of his old campaign websites:

What do you think?

WRKO’s Howie Carr has the police report from the other crash. Here’s Kennedy’s response to that wreck:

Reacting to some media reports, Kennedy said he was not under the influence of alcohol when he crashed the green Mustang.

“I consumed no alcohol prior to the incident. I will fully cooperate with the Capitol police in whatever investigation they choose to undertake,” Kennedy said through Costello.

Apparently being a Kennedy means you’re above the law. In 2000, the same Patrick Kennedy went “Cynthia McKinney” on an LAX security officer.

At what point will this guy ever be held accountable for his actions?

Update: A witness says he was drinking.

U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy insisted yesterday that he had consumed “no alcohol” before he slammed his Mustang convertible into a concrete barrier near his office, but a hostess at a popular Capitol Hill watering hole told the Herald she saw him drinking in the hours before the crash.

“He was drinking a little bit,” said the woman, who works at the Hawk & Dove and would not give her name.

My first thoughts are that he is being very calculated with his “no alcohol” statement. It could be that he was just under the influence of the drugs he admitted taking. But if this witness is right, it would be a big deal.

Update 2: Looks like he’ll Enter De Mayo on Cinco de Mayo.

But here’s the scary part:

Kennedy said he had no recollection of the crash. “I simply do not remember getting out of bed, being pulled over by the police or being cited for three driving infractions.”

Addiction is truly a sad thing, and I sympathize with him on that issue. That being said, he must resign. If his addiction can lead him to be completely unaware of getting out of bed, walking to his car, unlocking the door, putting the key in the ignition, shifting into drive, pushing the gas pedal, operating the steering wheel and driving for any distance… then one would wonder how often he legislates under the same drug-induced stupor.

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