A former team doctor for Husker football got a year of probation Tuesday for leaving the scene of a car crash and driving under the influence of cocaine last summer with his 6-year-old in the backseat.
Scott Strasburger, 53, pleaded no contest to DUI with a passenger younger than 16 and leaving the scene of an accident, both misdemeanors.
Deputy Lancaster County Attorney Dan Zieg said Strasburger crashed his 2014 Range Rover on the afternoon of June 2 into a 2008 Honda Pilot stopped in traffic on A Street near Cotner Boulevard, causing about $4,300 in damage. When the drivers exchanged information, the other driver noticed he was struggling to write and took down the information for him. The other driver also saw a child in the back of Strasburger's SUV.
A few minutes after he drove away, Strasburger’s Range Rover was spotted sideswiping a 1999 Chevy Suburban parked on 51st Street near South Street, then driving off, Zieg said.
Police contacted Strasburger at his home later and arrested him on suspicion of DUI and other charges. Zieg said testing showed the presence of cocaine in his urine.
Strasburger, a former Nebraska football player who later served as a team physician, lost his medical license for six months late in 2014 on allegations of showing up at the Lincoln Surgery Center in an impaired state and refusing to take a drug test. He had been in line to get his license back before the June criminal case but remains suspended.
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In Lancaster County Court on Tuesday, defense attorney John Ball said Strasburger has done an enormous amount of treatment since June and is committed to sobriety.
“Everybody makes mistakes,” he said, “but this mistake has cost him very dearly.”
Lancaster County Court Judge Timothy Phillips commended Strasburger on his efforts and said that because he has a very limited criminal history, which includes only infractions, he was giving him a year of probation and a $750 fine. He also ordered him to complete a victim impact panel and continue with outpatient treatment.
Then, Phillips told Strasburger he has a lot of eyes on him now: the Department of Health and Human Services, which is looking at his medical license, juvenile court, and now, county court.
“You’re kind of under the microscope here,” the judge said. “I hope it goes well, and you get your life back on track.”