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Sen. John Kerry's daughter arrested in Hollywood on suspicion of drunk driving [Updated]

November 19, 2009 |  8:59 am

The daughter of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) was arrested in Hollywood early this morning for alleged drunk driving.

Los Angeles police say Alexandra Kerry, 36, was stopped by police during a traffic stop at about 12:40 a.m.

“Officers detected signs and symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol,” said LAPD Officer Bruce Borihanh.

Kerry was booked at the Hollywood police station and held until 5:25 a.m. after she posted $5,000 bail. Borihanh said he did not know what Kerry’s blood-alcohol level was.

Alexandra Kerry is the eldest daughter of John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic Party presidential nominee.

[Updated at 2 p.m.: A spokeswoman for Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said that Alexandra Kerry was pulled over for an expired vehicle registration and was released after the results of a Breathalyzer test at the police station were under the legal limit.

“Sen. Kerry supports his daughter and will have no further comment on a private matter,” said Jodi Seth, a Kerry spokeswoman.

Richard French, a spokesman for the LAPD, said he did not know Kerry’s blood alcohol level and could not confirm whether it was under the legal limit.

“When it comes to drunk driving or impaired driving because of alcohol, it is at the traffic officer’s discretion,” French said. “Many people could be under the legal limit and still be impaired. The blood alcohol level is not as important as to how impaired her driving was.”]

-- My-Thuan Tran