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DUI charges for ‘Doctor of the Year’

A strange case out of Massachusetts where a 2009 ‘Doctor of the Year’ has been charged with a DUI after crashing into another motorist.

Security camera footage from a stoplight captured the crash when Dr. Kristin Howard crashed into another car after flying out of a Whole Foods parking lot:

Police say Dr. Kristin Howard, 56, was behind the wheel Friday morning when they found class C and E controlled substances in her possession, prescriptions that she allegedly wrote herself. On Tuesday, Howard pleaded not guilty to seven charges, including driving under the influence and drug violations.

The man who was hit, 78-year-old Paul McDonald, was taken to Newton-Wellesley Hospital, where Howard works and was named Doctor of the Year in 2009, according to her lawyer. McDonald suffered two cracked ribs and a hematoma on his leg.

“I got hammered, and I thought it was the end of the world. I thought a bomb went off inside the car,” McDonald told ABC News affiliate WCVB. “The next day I thought I was in a street fight,” he added.

One aspect of the case that has caught the prosecutors attention is that it appears the Doctor wrote a prescription to herself which is illegal under Massachusetts law.

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