An orthopedic surgeon and former Husker football player and physician has been placed on probation for a year for leaving the scene of a car crash last summer while under the influence of drugs. His six-year-old was in the backseat at the time.
Lincoln police report 53-year-old Dr. Scott Strasburger drove off after hitting a couple of parked vehicles. Strasburger pleaded no contest to DUI with a passenger younger than 16 and leaving the scene of an accident. Both are misdemeanors.
Police report Strasburger displayed signs of impairment and failed a field sobriety test. He was charged with driving under the influence, negligent driving, and leaving the scene of an accident. Police say Strasburger had a six-year-old in the car with him and had also faced a charge of child neglect.
Strasburger’s medical license was suspended for six months in late 2014 after being accused of arriving at work while under the influence of drugs.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services accused Strasburger of being impaired at the Lincoln Surgery Center. The Attorney General filed a petition for disciplinary action against Strasburger, who allegedly refused to submit to a drug test. He was prevented from performing surgery.
The petition claimed Strasburger has been charged with substance abuse before, once at Nebraska Orthopedic and Sports Medicine in Lincoln and also at Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege.
Strasburger is a former Nebraska Cornhusker football player. Strasburger played as a defensive end from 1981 until 1984, earning third-team All American honors as well as twice being selected to the All-Big Eight team. He had served as team physician at one time.