By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer
A June 2 trial has been scheduled for an Indiana doctor who is accused of pointing a BB gun at another driver on Interstate 75 in Madison County.
Dr. Perrin T. Dobyns, 51, is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, which carries a penalty of one to five years in prison.
During a Thursday pretrial conference, Dobyns’ attorney told Madison Circuit Court Judge Jean C. Logue that his client has been unable to work while the case is pending, and he wanted a trial as soon as possible.
Dobyns faces an investigation by the Indiana Medical Licensing Board in connection with the September incident. At the time of his arrest, he worked for the state’s prison system.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith said the trial would not last much more than one day because only one witness is expected to testify.
On Sept. 29, Madison County resident David Kollar reported seeing a car operated by Dobyns pass another vehicle in the emergency lane and then spar with the other vehicle in what appeared to be an attempt to run it off the road.
Kollar began shooting a video from his smartphone in an attempt to identify the driver or his car. He posted the video on YouTube before it was taken down later that day. The video showed the passenger-side window of Dobyns’ car open and Dobyns pointing what appeared to be a handgun in the direction of Kollar’s vehicle. Kollar then got off the interstate and called the police, he said.
However, Dobyns’ grand jury indictment states the weapon was a BB gun.
The Kentucky State Police, with help from the Indiana State Police, located Dobyns and placed him under arrest. He was brought to the Madison County Detention Center and has been free on bond since Oct. 2.