In the state of Indiana, a physician who told the court last year that he was “Not Guilty” of shooting his BB gun at another driver on the freeway, has changed his mind and admitted his guilt.
We suspect that was a wise choice, because had the case gone to trial, the jury would have seen a surprisingly clear video of the medical maniac doing just what he swore he didn’t do – all taken by the victim’s nifty cell phone camera.
Gotta love technology.
Doctor Perrin Dobyns, age 51, who lives in the town of Corydon, stood before Madison Circuit Court Judge Jean C. Logue and confessed this week. The wayward doctor received 3 years of supervised probation and will be sent directly to prison if he violates the terms of the decision.
According to investigators the other driver, David Kollar, reported to police that the incident started when he noticed another car driving recklessly on Interstate 75 in September of last year. Kollar used his cell phone video to catch Dobyns pointing a pistol at him as they drove along side each other at high speed.
Kollar was not injured but Dobyns was arrested at his place of employment in Branchville Indiana. And when the state Medical Board learned of the incident they pulled the doctor’s medical license and fined him $500.
In a public statement the Board announced Dobyns was “unfit to practice due to professional incompetence. He continues to engage in a pattern of conduct which demonstrates an inability to exercise reasonable care and diligence, as is normally exercised by practitioners in the same or similar circumstances.”
Research shows that Dobyns MD has had a history of alcohol and drug abuse for at least 15 years, when he first got into trouble in Oklahoma in 2001. As so often is the case, the doctor simply moved to and was relicensed in another state – in this case Indiana – and continued on his merry way.
Because in the USA, when you are a doctor and you get into trouble you cross state lines and start over – kind of like Bonnie and Clyde.
When the Indiana State Medical Board began hearing of his errant behavior, he moved to North Carolina, but lost his license there, too. In the Fall of 2009, the state of Indiana decided – beyond all logic – to relicense this idiot yet again. But the DEA, which licenses physicians to prescribe drugs, was not so goofy – they denied his license to prescribe narcotics because they had ample evidence that he was prescribing drugs to himself.
But the appallingly poor judgment by authorities continued, because in an appeal, an administrative law judge allowed Dobyns to be granted a DEA registration to prescribe narcotics again.
Anyway, Judge Jean Logue ordered that this repeat offender must have no other violations of the law; must resolve his current license suspension or he may not work as a doctor (what a concept); and he must submit to random drug testing.
We’ll see how well this character stays out of trouble. Wanna bet we won’t run another story on this degreed twit within . . . oh, say a year or two?
In the meantime, here’s another look at him:
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The crime of Wanton Endangerment in the jurisdiction where the incident occurred, is a Felony that carries a penalty of 1-5 years. Of course this doctor was not sentenced to even 1 day in jail, because in this country, no profession commits more crime and evades more discipline, than physicians.
In the U.S. beyond all measure of sanity, we tolerate authorities to enable doctors to keep stepping into deep doo-doo time after time – injuring, maiming, stealing from and killing, the citizenry.
And so they do.
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