The Herald Bulletin

January 14, 2014

Former Anderson doctor wants to represent himself in trial

Dobyns charged in Kentucky road rage case

By Ken de la Bastide
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — A former doctor at the Madison County Community Health Center wants to represent himself in a criminal case stemming from a road rage case in Kentucky.

Perrin T. Dobyns, 51, Corydon, appeared in Madison Circuit Court in Richmond, Ky., last weekend and asked the judge to allow him to represent himself on a charge of first-degree wanton endangerment in a Sept. 29 incident caught on smartphone video. He allegedly pointed a BB gun at another driver on Interstate 75.

Kentucky State Police was able to identify Dobyns as the driver from the license plate of the vehicle caught on the video.

If convicted, Dobyns faces a sentence of one to five years in prison.

According to the Richmond (Ky.) Register, a sister publication of The Herald Bulletin, attorney Jim Baechtold filed a motion to withdraw as the doctor’s legal counsel in the case.

When asked by Judge Jean C. Logue if he understood the motion and would be seeking a new attorney, Dobyns attempted to explain why he no longer wanted Baechtold as his attorney.

Logue advised Dobyns to not discuss the matter further, and the defendant then requested that his case be expedited as quickly as possible.

Logue said she could set a date for a jury trial.

“Is a jury trial absolutely necessary?” Dobyns asked.

He added that the case did not involve matters of fact, “just matters of law.”

“There’s some extenuating circumstances you might want to know about,” the doctor told Logue.

Logue again advised Dobyns not to speak out in court. At that point, Dobyns asked to go forward in the case representing himself instead of hiring another attorney.

The judge informed him that a hearing would have to be scheduled to ensure he understand the procedures and responsibilities of legal self-representation. The hearing was set for 10 a.m. Jan. 30.

Dobyns was arrested at the Branchville Correctional Facility in Indiana, where he was working as a doctor. His medical license was suspended for 90 days in October after his arrest.

Dobyns worked at the Madison County Community Health Center starting in June 2010 as a staff physician, according to documents that 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.

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 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.

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