Doctor Loses Professional License After Texas DWI

A Baytown doctor has had his professional license to practice medicine suspended following an incident of DWI in Texas. On July 16, Dr. Felix Nabor Sabates, Jr. was stopped by Montgomery County law enforcement for weaving through traffic at speeds in excess of 100 mph. He was dressed in medical scrubs and told the officer he was on his way to the hospital to see a patient. The officer suspected impairment because Sabates’ speech was slow and confused and his eyes were bloodshot. Sabates was asked to perform a field sobriety test, which he reportedly failed. He refused to submit to a breath test.

During a search of Sabates’ vehicle, police found 280 tablets of cocaine, morphine, Adderall and hydrocodone. The cocaine was in unmarked capsules, and Sabates could not provide a prescription to justify possession of the other three drugs.

Sabates has a history of mental illness and substance abuse dating from the 1990’s. A five-year disciplinary order was issued in 1994 for alcohol and cocaine abuse and attempted suicide.

Following the recent arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Texas, the Texas Medical Board suspended Sabates’ license indefinitely, stating that his continued practice would be a “threat to public health and safety”.

Sabates, 50, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, TX DWI and reckless driving. He is free on $70,000 bond.

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