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Kerry Kennedy DUI case adjourned until January

NEWS12 WESTCHESTER: Kerry Kennedy is accused of sideswiping a tractor-trailer on I-684 while on sleeping pills. (Dec. 3, 2012)

Kerry Kennedy's court case on charges of driving under the influence of drugs has been adjourned until Jan. 15.

The ex-wife of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the daughter of former Sen. Robert F. Kennedy Sr. was to have appeared in North Castle Town Court on Tuesday. Kennedy, 53, has pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge. She faces up to a year in jail if convicted.

Kennedy is accused of being under the influence of the prescription sleep aid Ambien when she sideswiped a tractor-trailer early July 13 on Interstate 684 in North Castle. She admitted to police after the accident that she might have accidentally taken Ambien instead of a daily dose of Synthroid, medicine prescribed to treat a thyroid condition.

However, in a July court hearing on the case, Kennedy argued that it was not the pill that caused her crash, saying instead that a battery of neurological tests revealed she suffered a "complex partial seizure."

"I remember getting on the highway and then I have no memory until I was stopped at a traffic light, and a police officer was at my car door," she told reporters outside the courthouse after the July 17 hearing. "In my discussion with the police officer, I was confused and erratic."

Police found her by the side of the road on Route 22, near Exit 3, after she was reported slumped over the wheel of her damaged Lexus SUV.

Rocco Scuiletti, 47, of LaGrange, whose truck Kennedy struck, was fined $130 in November after he pleaded guilty to disobeying a traffic device. Scuiletti initially was charged with leaving the scene of property damage.

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