Were you recently arrested for a DUI or DWI ? If so, your actions land you in the company of the likes of Kerry Kennedy , the daughter of late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy , and Cake Boss Bartolo “Buddy” Valastro .
The Cake Boss’s Story
Recently, Bartolo “Buddy” Valastro, the star of the popular “Cake Boss” reality show was arrested because his Corvette was seen swerving through the lanes between 20th and 32nd street in Manhattan.The police reported that his breath reeked of alcohol and the reality star had watery, bloodshot eyes and a flushed face. In addition, it was reported that, when he stepped out of his car, he was unsteady on his feet and also failed a field sobriety test. It is for these reasons that he was charged with driving with impaired ability and driving while intoxicated.
The 54 year old former wife of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo faced a charge of driving while impaired after her Lexus SUV swerved off the road and careened into a tractor trailer on a New York interstate during morning rush hour traffic in July 2012.
Kennedy testified that she grabbed the wrong prescription bottle from the kitchen counter on that fateful morning and consumed 10 mg of zolpidem; a sleep aid that is commonly known by the brand name Ambien. Based on her testimony, her day started just like any other. She made a cappuccino, ate some carrots, and began preparing to go to the gym and her office. She had no problems leaving her apartment and getting to her vehicle. However, her memories of that morning came to a halt once she entered onto the highway. The next thing that she remembered was someone knocking on the window of a SUV and asking if she was ok. Kennedy testified that this question confused her because she thought everything was fine.
In response, the prosecution argued that because she’d been taking the medication for about a decade, Kennedy should’ve been familiar with its effects and that her defense made no sense. In fact, they even went as far as to accuse her of lying to protect her legacy in closing arguments. According to the prosecutor, her inconsistent statements about the accident, including her claims that her doctors said that she’d had a seizure, were meant as a smokescreen. The government’s lawyer claimed that knew that she’d taken the wrong pill but was looking for an excuse to avoid responsibility and to protect her public image.
Neither side disputed she was under the influence, but the two sides disagreed about whether or not she was aware of her mistake and still continued to drive. If convicted, Kennedy could have faced up to a year in jail. However, after a four day trial and the jury’s deliberation, which lasted a little over an hour, Kennedy was found not guilty and acquitted of all charges .