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Mass. E.R. Doctor Faces OUI Charges

WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) — A one-time doctor of the year at a suburban Boston hospital has pleaded not guilty to driving drunk and while under the influence of prescription drugs, which led to a multi-car crash.

Dr. Kristin Lynes Howard was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty to a variety of charges Tuesday in connection Friday’s crash in Wellesley.

In surveillance video released by police, a car driven by the 56-year-old Howard speeds from a supermarket parking lot, over a grassy median and onto the street where it slams into two other vehicles.

A 78-year-old man required hospitalization.

Authorities say Howard prescribed herself drugs.

Police say she told them her car had a mechanical malfunction.

A spokeswoman for Newton-Wellesley Hospital says Howard, an emergency medical physician, has been relieved for her duties.

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