Tallahassee doctor arrested for DUI, property damage

Tallahassee doctor arrested for DUI, property damage
Posted at 3:30 AM, Oct 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-09 23:36:34-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee doctor was arrested for driving under the influence with damage to the property of another after his car collided with a Volusia County Sheriff's Office vehicle.

Dr. Eric Michael Forsthoefel, 36, who practices emergency medicine in Tallahassee at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, was involved with the traffic crash Saturday in the area of South Monroe St. and Apalachee Parkway.

A probable cause affidavit says that on field sobriety exercises the doctor demonstrated difficulty in following directions to keep his head straight while following an object with his eyes, to walk and turn, and to stand on one leg.

"I am not drunk. I don't know why you are doing this," the court document, signed by a Tallahassee Police Department officer, quoted the doctor as saying.

The report says the doctor smelled of alcohol and had "glassy, watery and bloodshot" eyes.

He was given a notice of suspension for refusing to submit to a breath test and booked into the Leon County Jail. 

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, in response to an inquiry, issued this statement:

"Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare is aware of a traffic incident involving one of our providers. To protect the privacy of our colleagues, TMH does not provide specific information regarding human resources matters."

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