Mary Richardson Kennedy, the wife of Robert Kennedy, Jr., was arrested for driving while intoxicated, or DUI. Kennedy, who is the mother of four children between the ages of 8 and 15, was pulled over after jumping a curb outside a school in Westchester County, New York, on Saturday. Her blood-alcohol level was measured at .11. In New York, the legal limit is .08. The police will not comment on whether anyone was in the car with her at the time of her arrest, but of course the question remains: were her kids, or anyone else, in the car when this happened?
At this point, there’s no way of knowing. What we do know is that there has been trouble brewing in the Kennedy home for the last few weeks—and that it very much involved the Kennedy children.As I said, there are four children living with Robert and Mary—John Conor, 15, Kyra, 14, William, 12, and Aidan, 8. In the last week, the police were called to the Kennedy family home in Mt. Kisco, New York on two separate occasions. On one occasion, it was because Kennedy had reported a dispute between her children. No word on which ones, or what the fighting was about, only that it was serious enough that Mary called the police to intervene. No word on what preceded the second visit.
Whatever is going on, a drunk-driving arrest for Kennedy is sure to raise further alarm, and compound whatever it is that is already going on. Of course, it goes without saying that driving while intoxicated is dangerous and foolish, and Kennedy is lucky that neither she nor anyone else was hurt in the course of her driving. We just hope that this family gets the help they appear to need—and soon.
(Quick Kennedy family tree refresher: Robert Kennedy, Jr. is the son of the late Senator Bobby Kennedy, and therefore, the nephew of former President John F. Kennedy. Mary is his wife.)
Edited for grammar 5/19/2010 5:16PM