Midlands doctor charged with DUI faces further charges

David Lee Smith (Source: Lexington County Detention Center)
David Lee Smith (Source: Lexington County Detention Center)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A Midlands doctor charged with felony DUI after hitting and killing a man walking on an Irmo sidewalk in January, now faces additional charges.

David Lee Smith, 46, is also charged with violating drug distribution law, unlawful drug prescription and obtaining prescription drugs by fraud. Smith allegedly obtained Eszopiclone, a controlled substance, by fraud from a Richland County pharmacy Oct. 6, 2011. He allegedly used an unauthorized prescription form. Smith then used the same tactics to get Tramadol from a Lexington County pharmacy Jan. 4, just two days before the fatal accident that killed Raymond Geiger, 36.

At the accident scene Jan. 6, Smith's Land Rover was searched where officers found a blank, signed prescription note.

S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control investigated and reported that the named doctor on the prescription denied prescribing the drugs to Smith. The doctor's statement, along with witness statements and video evidence, created enough evidence to charge Smith with the prescription drug charges.

Smith signed a temporary agreement to surrender his medical license Jan. 16. He will appear in court in late July.

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