The Herald Bulletin

December 13, 2013

Former health center doctor pleads not guilty in Kentucky

Dobyns charged in alleged road rage case

By Ken de la Bastide
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — A former doctor at the Madison County Community Health Center pleaded not guilty Thursday in a Kentucky courtroom to a charge of wanton endangerment.

The Richmond (Ky.) Register, a sister publication of The Herald Bulletin, reported that Perrin Dobyns, 51, of Corydon entered the plea after being accused of pointing a BB gun at another vehicle on an interstate in September.

The driver of the other vehicle, David Kollar, reported to the Kentucky State Police that he saw the car driven by Dobyns pass another vehicle in the emergency lane and then drive recklessly in what appeared to be an attempt to run that vehicle off the road, the Register reported.

Kollar used his smartphone to shoot video of Dobyn’s car, and when he pulled up beside Dobyns, the doctor can be seen pointing what appeared to be a handgun through the passenger window at Kollar.

Dobyns was taken into custody at the Branchville Correctional Facility in Indiana where he worked as a doctor. His medical license was suspended for 90 days in October as a result of his arrest.

It's not the first time that Dobyns has faced disciplinary action involving his medical license.

While practicing medicine in North Carolina, Dobyns entered into an agreement with that state's medical board in 2007 because of his misuse of drugs including controlled substances. In 2002, Dobyns was admitted to a hospital because of abuse of alcohol and narcotics, according to documents with the U.S. Department of Justice.

He entered into an agreement with the Indiana State Medical Association's Physicians Assistance Program after admitting that in 2008 he had used narcotics prescribed to a family member, that he smoked marijuana and, in late 2008, he issued a forged prescription for oxycodone to himself.

In 2009, he appeared before the Indiana Medical Licensing Board and, after being questioned about the case in North Carolina, was placed on indefinite probation and was not to practice medicine in Indiana. Later that year, he was allowed to resume practice with conditions imposed.

In June 2010, he accepted a position with the Madison County Health Center as a staff physician, according to documents which indicated he made a full disclosure to his employer about his drug use history. Dobyns was discharged in April 2011 from the health center, reportedly because he did not have registration through the Drug Enforcement Administration to dispense controlled substances.

Dobyns in scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial hearing on Jan. 9.

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