Deputies arrest local doctor, say he had cocaine on his face
NORTH NAPLES, Fla. – A local doctor was arrested Friday night after he reportedly was driving under the influence and had cocaine on his nose and mouth.
In a sheriff’s report obtained by WINK News, Gregory Casey was arrested along U.S. 41, near Vanderbilt Road around 5 p.m. Friday.
A deputy said he was called to the area, then saw the SUV driven by Casey, “weave from the outside lane into the middle and back to the outside lane, into the bicycle lane approximately three times.”
The deputy said Casey refused to stop until he hit a curb. When the deputy approached the car, he said Casey had a “white substance all around [his] nose and upper lip area.”
The deputy said he also found a vial of Midazolam on Casey and in the center console. WINK News checked and Midazolam is a drug often used to relax patients prior to surgery.
WINK News confirmed Casey is a local doctor. According to the sheriff’s report, Casey works at NCH. However, Saturday night a spokesperson for NCH told WINK News Casey did not work there.
WINK News also confirmed Casey has privileges at Physician’s Regional Healthcare System, which means he is not employed there but has privileges to see patients at the hospital.
Only WINK News was there Friday afternoon when deputies handcuffed Casey.
At one point, he said, “Are you serious man? I’m not, I don’t need you near me right now.”
A witness, who did not want to give his name said cars were honking at Casey earlier because he was passed out a light blocking traffic. The witness said he did a U-turn, blocked traffic and jumped out to try and help Casey, who was unconscious.
“He just had his head back and was leaned back in his seat,” said the witness who called 911. “I knocked on the hood and he was unresponsive. I knocked on the window and when I went up to the window he was still unresponsive.”
The witness said he went back to his car to grab a glass breaker but said that is when Casey woke up.
Casey faces charges of possession of cocaine, possession of a controlled substance and DUI.