Andrew Posselt of Mill Valley, California is not only facing probation following a DUI hit-and-run, but he is also facing a possible suspension or revocation of his medical license.
A year ago, two witnesses witnessed Posselt drive into two parked cars and then he fled the scene. Later, police contacted him and placed him under arrest for alleged DUI hit-and-run while he had his child in the car. Posselt had his blood-alcohol tests taken approximately 90 minutes after his arrest which showed his BAL at 0.15, nearly twice the legal limit for driving which is .08 percent.
Posselt was released on bail and the following month he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence with a child in the car. He was placed on probation for three years, ordered to attend DUI School, pay fines and fees, pay restitution, and complete 20 hours of community service.
Although this happened on Posselt’s day off, he is facing scrutiny from the medical board. They consider his actions “unprofessional conduct” because he put himself and a minor at risk.
Posselt “is a very reputable doctor”, according to his defense attorney, as he has been licensed with the medical board since 1995. He is a respected transplant surgeon at UCSF, he has been there over 20 years, and has never had any complaints.
The hearing for his case is currently pending. In the meantime, he will still be able to continue to practice and teach until a decision by the board has been made.
We will have to wait and see the board’s final decision. Losing his job over a simple mistake may not fair to Posselt. Hopefully, the board comes to its senses and lets him keep his medical license. A DUI in which no one was hurt is not a reason to lose your medical license.