A Lincoln orthopedic surgeon who had his medical license suspended last year has been accused of driving impaired with a child in the car when he was involved in two hit-and-run accidents in Lincoln on Tuesday.
A 38-year-old Lincoln woman told police Tuesday that Dr. Scott Strasburger was the driver of a red Land Rover that hit her car.
In November, the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office accused Strasburger, 52, of practicing medicine and surgery while impaired. The state suspended his license late last year and said Strasburger would not be able to return to work until he successfully completed a chemical dependency treatment program and complied with aftercare treatment. As of Wednesday, a Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman said, Strasburger’s license remained suspended.
According to a Lincoln police report:
Molly Burgher saw Strasburger’s vehicle stopped in an intersection, obstructing traffic. She proceeded past him and stopped at a stoplight on Cotner Boulevard and A Street. Then, in her rear-view mirror, she saw the Land Rover “approaching her at a speed where she did not think the vehicle was going to stop.”
Strasburger attempted to change lanes and struck Burgher’s car, causing significant damage. Burgher and Strasburger pulled over. She said she tried to get information from Strasburger, but he could not write legibly. A 6-year-old girl was in the car with him, said Officer Katie Flood of the Lincoln Police Department.
Strasburger told Burgher that he needed to leave and drove off. A short time later, Strasburger hit a parked car in a neighborhood and did not stop, police said.
Authorities found Strasburger at his home. Police said he showed obvious signs of impairment, and they said he appeared to be under the influence of narcotics or drugs. Flood said he failed a field sobriety test.
Strasburger was taken to the Lancaster County Jail and issued citations accusing him of DUI, negligent driving, leaving the scene of an accident and child neglect. He was released from jail on Tuesday.
Strasburger, who was reached by phone Wednesday morning, said he didn’t know anything about the accidents. He requested that a reporter speak with his attorney, but he said he had not hired one yet.
In July 2014, Strasburger resigned from Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege, Nebraska, after he took a drug test, according to Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services documents. Strasburger opened his own clinic in Lincoln.
Strasburger, originally from Holdrege, played football for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1985. He also formerly served as team physician for the football team.