Rhode Island Doc Suspended After Mass. Liquor Store Crash

A Barrington, Rhode Island doctor who police say plowed his car through the doors of a Massachusetts liquor store in an apparent attempt to get inside has had his medical license suspended.

The R. I. Department of Health on Wednesday suspended Joseph F. Grillo’s medical license.

The 52-year-old Grillo is accused of driving his SUV into a Seekonk, Mass., liquor store in the early morning hours of Feb. 16. A security video shows a man, allegedly Grillo, reaching through the doors and trying to grab for bottles on the counter.

Grillo was already on probation with the state medical licensing board for engaging in alleged disruptive behavior while in substance abuse treatment overseen by the board.

Grillo told local media that he was trying to turn around in the parking lot where the liquor store is located when his foot slipped off the brake and hit the gas pedal.

“I ended up tapping the glass and breaking the glass,” Dr. Grillo said, referring to the front of the liquor store.

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