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Doctor in Menzies death under health practitioner's monitoring

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HANOVER, VA (WWBT) -

The Mechanicsville doctor accused of hitting and killing beloved runner Meg Menzies back in January can no longer treat patients. An order from the state Board of Medicine obtained by NBC12 suspended Dr. Michael Carlson's license indefinitely.

But then, authorities in effect put the final decision on hold while he complies with his substance abuse treatment.

The morning Carlson veered off Route 54 and killed Menzies, he was running late. Documents show when Carlson was driving to his office and struck Menzies around 8:15 a.m., he was already supposed to be seeing patients. They were scheduled with appointments starting half an hour earlier at 7:45 a.m.

Four days later, the report shows the Mechanicsville doctor's coworkers searched his office and found an empty bottle of wine and mouthwash in one of his desk drawers. And, during a subsequent search by Department of Health Professions investigators, presumably that same empty wine bottle and Listerine mouthwash were found tucked behind some hanging files.

The board's order says Carlson is participating in a department monitoring program. Carlson signed a contract, acknowledging, "I may suffer from the disease of alcoholism and/or chemical dependence that impairs my ability to practice my health profession safely as evidenced by my past alcohol use and DUI citation."

At the time the order was issued about a month ago, Carlson had already completed three months of inpatient alcohol abuse treatment.

It is important to note, the record says Carlson neither admits nor denies the truth of the facts in the order, but agrees not to contest them or any sanction imposed.

Menzies' husband, Ashland Police Sgt. Scott Menzies declined to comment on certain aspects of this case.

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