A Nebraska surgeon, and former football star and team doctor, stands to lose both his freedom and his medical license after being arrested recently for driving under the influence with his child in the vehicle as well as being involved in not one, but two, hit and run collisions while driving under the influence. This sad story exemplifies the potential consequences, both judicial and non-judicial, of driving under the influence, or DUI, in Nebraska.
Dr. Scott Strasburger, an orthopedic surgeon, was identified by one of the hit and run victims as being the driver of the red Land Rover that crashed into her vehicle earlier this month, according to the Lincoln, Nebraska police report filed in the case. The victim saw Strasburger stopped in an intersection where he was obstructing traffic so she proceeded around him and on to the next intersection. Shortly thereafter she saw Strasburger approaching her vehicle at a high rate of speed. Strasburger then attempted to change lanes, according to the victim, whereupon he struck her vehicle, causing extensive damage. After the collision the victim attempted to exchange information from the doctor but he was unable to write legibly. The victim also noticed that Strasburger had a child in the back seat who was later identified as his six year old daughter. The doctor told the victim he needed to leave, left the scene, and proceeded to hit a parked car a short while later. He did not stop for that collision either.
The police found the doctor at his home where, according to the police, he appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Strasburger subsequently failed the field sobriety tests he was asked to perform. The doctor was charged with DUI, negligent driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and child neglect.
Just last year, Strasburger resigned his position at Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege, Nebraska after being asked to take a drug test which he failed, according to documents filed by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. His medical license was also suspended last year for practicing medicine while impaired. After resigning from the hospital, Strasburger opened his own clinic in Lincoln.
If convicted of the charges against him, Strasburger could face time in jail or a lengthy period of time on probation. In addition, Strasburger could face more severe disciplinary action from the State Attorney General Office if convicted. Sadly, Strasburger’s plight is not unique. People often forget that along with any sentence imposed by a court if convicted of DUI there are also frequently non-judicial consequences that may have just as substantial of an impact on the future as the actual sentence imposed by the court. Specifically, anyone holding a professional license, such as a doctor, nurse, attorney, teacher, or even real estate agent, will typically face tough disciplinary action for the conviction of a DUI.
If you have been charged with a driving under the influence in Nebraska it is imperative that you take the charges seriously and that you consult with an experienced Nebraska criminal defense attorney right away. Contact Petersen Criminal Defense Law 24 hours a day at 402-509-8070 to discuss your case with an experienced DUI defense attorney.