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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ind. Courts - Still more on "Indiana doctor accused of road rage shooting arraigned in Madison County Ky"

Remember this story from Oct. 10, 2013, where the former Indiana prison's doctor's act was caught on video? Here is the follow-up today, from Bill Robinson of the Richmond Kentucky Register, headed "Indiana doctor’s sentence likely to be diverted." Some quotes:

A former Indiana prison doctor charged with wanton endangerment in a September road-rage incident on Interstate 75 in Madison County entered a guilty plea Monday.

Perrin T. Dobyns told Madison Circuit Judge Jean C. Logue he pointed and fired a BB pistol at another motorist who pulled alongside him.

The other motorist recorded the incident with a smart phone and posted it to an online video site.

At one point in the proceedings leading up to Monday’s plea, Dobyns claimed he felt threatened by the other motorist and pointed the pistol to keep him at bay.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith recommended Dobyns be given a three-year diverted sentence with supervision. The Kentucky penalty for wanton endangerment ranges from one to five years. Logue scheduled sentencing for Oct. 2. * * *

Dobyns is unlikely to resume practice as a physician anytime soon, because the Indiana Board of Medical Licensing on March 31 indefinitely suspended his medical license and fined him $500. * * *

According to a findings of fact document posted on the medical licensing board’s website, Dobyns has a history of drug abuse, dating back to 2001 when he practiced medicine in Oklahoma.

The next year, he relocated to Indiana where he continued to abuse alcohol and drugs and then spent 10 weeks in a Chicago in-patient treatment program.

In 2007, Dobyns relocated to North Carolina where he relapsed, according to the findings, resulting in his medical license being suspended there.

He moved back to Indiana where his medical license was given probationary renewal in 2008. In 2011, an administrative law judge recommended he be granted conditional federal Drug Enforcement Administration registration.

However, the Indiana licensing board found the Kentucky road-rage incident reflected “a continuing pattern of conduct demonstrating (Dobyns’) inability to exercise reasonable care.” It also stated he is “unfit to practice due to professional incompetence as he continues to engage in a pattern of conduct which demonstrates an inability to exercise reasonable care and diligence.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 26, 2014 08:52 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts