Published June 13, 2006
WASHINGTON – Rep. Patrick Kennedy pleaded guilty Tuesday to driving under the influence of prescription drugs and was sentenced to undergo court-ordered drug treatment and a year's probation.
Kennedy, D-R.I., also was fined at least $350 in connection with his middle-of-the-night car crash last month near the U.S. Capitol.
In exchange, two other charges against Kennedy were dismissed: Reckless driving and failure to exhibit a driving permit.
Accompanied by his lawyer, Kennedy entered his plea Tuesday afternoon before Superior Court Magistrate Judge Aida Melendez.
"I am pleading guilty to driving under the influence," Kennedy said.