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Pasco County pediatrician charged with fourth DUI

Russell Bain, a practicing pediatrician who founded the Pasco Pediatric Foundation, was arrested early Friday morning in Tampa on suspicion of driving under the influence.

This was Bain's fourth DUI arrest, state records show.

In 1995 — the year he founded the nonprofit children's health organization — Pasco deputies charged him with DUI. His license was suspended for a year after he refused a breath test.

His next arrest was in October 2006 in Hillsborough County. He was charged with DUI, but state driving records show he was convicted of reckless driving, with the formal finding of guilt withheld.

Pasco deputies arrested him again in December 2007 on a DUI charge. Court records show he pleaded no contest in that case, was sentenced to a year of probation and lost his driver's license for six months. His probation was terminated early after he completed 50 hours of community service.

About 12:45 a.m. Friday, Tampa police pulled Bain over on N Florida Avenue. His arrest record says his blood-alcohol level was 0.205, more than twice the threshold for a DUI in Florida.

Driving records show Bain, 48, also has been cited three times for speeding, all in Pasco County: 71 mph in a 45-mph zone in October 2005; 76 mph in 45-mph zone in November 2005; and 70 mph in a 55-mph zone in May 2007.

Bain, of 6121 Fjord Way in New Port Richey, was released Friday afternoon from the Hillsborough County jail after posting $500 bail. He could not be reached for comment.

He is no longer on the board of directors of the Pasco Pediatric Foundation, the organization he founded to provide assistance to children and young adults with medical, emotional or educational needs. The foundation raises money to provide scholarships, vouchers to cover prescriptions and radiology tests, and other amenities or services for children in need.

When he incorporated the group in 1995, he told the Times he aimed to fill the gaping holes in children's care in the mostly elderly county.

"It's been changing, but the kids still seem to get the back burner," Bain said then.

Bain operates his own practice, Babies and Beyond Pediatrics, with offices in Trinity and Spring Hill. His medical license is clear and active with no disciplinary actions on file, according to the state Department of Health.

Molly Moorhead can be reached at moorhead@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6245.

Pasco County pediatrician charged with fourth DUI 11/20/09 [Last modified: Friday, November 20, 2009 9:20pm]
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