E-Town Doctor Charged With Dealing Prescription Drugs

Published: Oct. 20, 2003 at 7:20 PM EDT|Updated: Feb. 25, 2004 at 7:59 PM EST
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By Shannon Davidson

(ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky., October 20th, 2003, 6 p.m.) -- An Elizabethtown doctor who should be prescribing medicine to those who need it is now facing charges of trafficking drugs here in Louisville. If convicted, Dr. David Dao could face up to 20 years in prison. WAVE 3's Shannon Davidson reports.

A doctor accustomed to walking the halls of Hardin Memorial Hospital had to walk into a Jefferson County courtroom Monday facing several felony counts, including obtaining prescription drugs by fraud or deceit, trafficking in those drugs, and unlawfully prescribing them.

According to police, they caught Dr. David Dao, a 55-year-old pulminologist, selling Brian Case the painkiller hydrocodone, by reviewing surveillance video from the motel. They say he accepted $174 in exchange for the pills, which were in an unmarked bottle.

The video was not made available to WAVE 3 pending the investigation. But Dao's lawyers say the video proves nothing. "This gentleman is innocent," said Maury Kommor, Dao's attorney. "We're going to everything we can to prove that as quick as we can possibly show that, because in the meantime, his life's on hold."

Dao's medical license remains revoked from the hospital pending the trial.

Brian Case, Dao's co-defendant, also pleaded not guilty to his charges.

Online Reporter: Shannon Davidson

Online Producer: Michael Dever