'Doc of Year' faces DUI charges after crash
WELLESLEY, Mass. — An emergency room doctor was arrested Friday on drunken driving charges after she crashed her vehicle into a grocery store van in Wellesley, smashed into a fence on the store's property and struck another car.
Kristin Howard, 56, was in the parking lot of the Whole Foods Market on Washington Street at about 8:45 a.m. when she struck the van. Police said Howard then reversed and hit a fence, reversed again and hit the fence again.There's video at the link. Seriously, go watch it. These are the drivers I face on a daily basis... She came out of that parking lot at probably 30+ - hell, the SUV was airborn when it struck the first vehicle. The story gets even better, though - she had controlled substances in her car that she had prescribed for herself, a major no-no. I'll bet there's going to be a fairly high amount of finger pointing and recriminations on the board that determins "doctor of the year", I tell you what.
What struck me, though, was that she used the Patches defense - she was in scrubs and claimed to be on her way to work. If she was heading to work, she's got bigger problems than the OUI or the illegally-prescribed drugs - does she practice medicine while under the influence of alcohol or narcotics? The hospital has suspended her already; I suspect they may be trying to stave off a ADA-related "OMG I HAVE A SICKNESS" type claim.
I do have to wonder, though, if she has "MD" plates on that SUV...
That is all.