The Herald Bulletin
The Herald Bulletin
RICHMOND, Ky. — An Indiana doctor who had ties to Anderson and who was allegedly caught on video pointing a gun at a motorist and firing is facing a wanton endangerment charge in Kentucky.
Dr. Perrin Dobyns, 51, pleaded not guilty Wednesday during an appearance in Madison County District Court.
WKYT-TV in Lexington reported Dobyns was arrested at his office at the Branchville Correctional Facility in southwestern Indiana on Monday, the day after the incident on Interstate 75. The station reported that Dobyns was the prison's physician.
The incident was captured on video by David Kollar. Kollar says he noticed a motorist driving erratically and pulled out his phone camera. The video shows a man in a black car pointing a gun in Kollar's direction.
Kollar was not hurt. He called police and sent them the video when he returned home.
Kentucky state police said Dobyns had a former address in Madison County, Ind. He worked a short time at the Madison County Health Center and had previous troubles with drug and alcohol misuse.
While practicing medicine in North Carolina, Dobyns entered into an agreement with that state's medical board in 2007 due to his misuse of drugs including controlled substances. In 2002, Dobyns had been admitted to a hospital due to 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 to refer the patients needing prescriptions to the center's medical director for issuance of the controlled substance prescription. In 2012, the state medical licensing board voted 5-0 to withdraw the probation after he participated in a physician assistance program.
In April 2011, Dobyns was discharged from the health center, reportedly because he did not have registration through the Drug Enforcement Administration to dispense controlled substances.
Following his current arrest, Dobyns was reportedly suspended without pay by his current firm.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.