Around 8am On July 13th Kerry Kennedy was involved in a crash with a tractor trailer and was later found slumped over the steering wheel of her car by police. After failing multiple field sobriety tests and admitting to possibly taking the sleeping aid ambien she was arrested for DUI.
Today She pleaded not guilty to the charge of Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and blamed the accident on a mild seizure caused by a head injury she had in the past. She also claimed that she had taken a drug test which had shown that no ambien, alcohol, or other drugs were in here system. However, police claim that the results from her blood and urine tests have not been completed yet and that they will have the final results in a few days.
This is not the first time someone has been charged with DUI after taking the prescription sleep aid ambien. Experts say this is a fairly rare occurrence called sleep driving. This happens when your mind is asleep but your body remains awake and there is a complete disconnect between your physical actions and your mental control.
At Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins our lawyers recently handled a DUI case involving a man who was out on thanksgiving and consumed between 4-6 beers then took a taxi home. When he got home he took the his prescribed medication, ambien. The next thing he can remember is waking up in a jail cell. The man was found passed out in a McDonald’s drive thru. The cops claimed that he smelled of alcohol. The man subsequently refused the breath test. The case went to trial and after only 20 minutes of deliberation the jury found the defendant not guilty of DUI.
If you have been arrested and charged with DUI or Driving Under the Influence of Drugs no matter what the circumstances you need to have an experienced and qualified DUI Attorney evaluate your case. This is a serious charge that will stay on your record for 75 years if convicted. A DUI conviction may also lead to higher insurance premiums, loss of your driving privileges for an extended period of time, fines, court fees, and you might not be able to get certain jobs. Don’t face your DUI alone, speak with one of our aggressive DUI Lawyers today to see how we can help Fight Your DUI!