Rep. Patrick Kennedy laid the blame on sleep drug Ambien for his late-night car crash. Apparently Ambien is associated with sleepwalking and even the occasional sleepdriving episode. Make sure to hide they keys from yourself if you take it!
“We are seeing pretty extreme expressions of sleepwalking – like getting into a car and driving,” said Michel Cramer-Bornemann, a researcher at [Hennepin County Medical Center in Minnesota.] “And when we remove the Ambien, it is resolved.”
You’ll have to form your own opinion about what occurred, but you have to admit the side effect story is a pretty good alibi.
Meanwhile I hope Kennedy gets straightened out and back to work soon.May 6, 2006