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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Physician, Heal Thyself...

Oopsie.

'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.

8 comments:

PISSED said...

"MD" as in Mad Drunk

ZerCool said...

MD? Nah, MA. ;-)

Dave H said...

A lot of doctors don't like to put MD tags on their cars. I guess it's because they don't want to share their stash.

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Old NFO said...

Yeah, NOT that unusual... sadly...

Ed said...

Having a MD tag/plate on your vehicle means that you damn well better stop at that motor vehicle accident scene to render assistance to the injured.

That is why many do not.

Rifleman762 said...

I don't see anything out of the ordinary in that video. Looks like a pretty typical day on the road in MA to me.

AK™ said...

female drivers..