Medical board files complaint against physician charged in traffic collision

vhoneycutt@herald-leader.comJuly 31, 2013 

LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER

The state medical board has filed a complaint against a physician indicted in Lexington in connection with a wrong-way head-on collision in which two people were reportedly seriously injured.

At 5 a.m. Dec. 3, Briana Boyd allegedly drove her vehicle the wrong way on Man o' War Boulevard in Lexington. Her car collided with another vehicle, causing serious injury to the driver and a passenger, according to a complaint filed July 23 by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure.

A Lexington police officer in court records said that he observed Boyd traveling at high speed in the wrong direction without her headlights on. Boyd failed all sobriety tests, a citation said.

According to court records and the board complaint, Boyd's blood-alcohol level was .16. Under Kentucky law, it is illegal to drive with a blood or breath alcohol content of 0.08 or higher. Boyd was indicted March 5 in Fayette Circuit Court on two felony counts of second-degree assault, and a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Boyd has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to appear in court for a hearing Aug. 9.

Court records said she was at home in Lexington and drove to the McDonald's at Tates Creek Centre but found that it was closed for construction. As she headed home, she ended up driving on the wrong side of Man o' War Boulevard, according to court records.

Boyd told a police officer that she had not ingested narcotics or alcohol, except for an alcoholic drink at a noontime Christmas party the day before the wreck, according to court records. But according to the board complaint, she gave the medical board investigator a different account.

Boyd was not injured in the wreck, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts told the Herald-Leader in December. The board complaint and court records did not provide specifics on the medical conditions of the people in the other vehicle. According to court records, they were taken to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

"We're confident that she will be exonerated at the trial," Paul Dickman, the attorney representing Boyd in the criminal case, said Wednesday.

The Board of Medical Licensure's website listed Boyd's address as Betsy Layne, a small town in Floyd County, and said she practiced in Knox County. At the time of the crash, she gave police a Lexington address.

The complaint says that legal grounds exist for disciplinary action against Boyd's medical license. David Enlow, the attorney representing Boyd in the medical board complaint, said Tuesday that he would file a response to the board within the required 30 days. A hearing before the board is scheduled for January 2014.

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: (859) 231-3409. Twitter:@vhspears

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