Unicoi Co. doctor agrees to plea deal in DUI case

Brad Hicks • Apr 29, 2013 at 11:06 AM

ERWIN — A Unicoi County doctor arrested in November 2011 and charged with driving under the influence entered a plea agreement in Unicoi County Sessions Court on Thursday.

Todd Anthony Whitaker, 190 Mountain View Farm Road, pleaded guilty to the charge of reckless endangerment. He was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days probation.

Whitaker was arrested on Nov. 7, 2011, by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. According to an affidavit written by Trooper James Jackson, at about 4:15 p.m. on the date Whitaker was arrested, Jackson was contacted by investigators with the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department who advised that the Unicoi County Jail supervisor had taken an inmate to Whitaker’s office for treatment.

“(The) jail supervisor stated that the doctor was so intoxicated that he was unable to write a prescription for the inmate,” Jackson’s report stated.

According to the report, Whitaker was the Unicoi County Jail doctor, and Jackson was asked by the sheriff’s department to check on Whitaker after he left his Unicoi office.

Whitaker was stopped in the parking lot of the old Tennessee Hills Motel by Unicoi County investigators, according to Jackson’s report. Jackson wrote he quickly arrived on the scene after Whitaker was stopped and performed field sobriety tests. Whitaker was unable to pass the tests and was arrested, according to the report.

Whitaker was transported to Unicoi County Memorial Hospital for a blood-alcohol test and was subsequently transported to the Unicoi County Jail for booking, Jackson’s report states.

At the time of his arrest, Whitaker was contracted to work with the Unicoi County Jail. UCSD Administrative Assistant Craig Masters said Friday that Whitaker is no longer under contract.

UCMH Interim CEO Jete Edmisson said Whitaker still practices out of the Unicoi Medical Clinic in the town of Unicoi and is under the Unicoi County Medical Service Inc. organization.

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