A Cody psychiatrist specializing in addiction treatment is facing a charge of felony aggravated assault with a vehicle for a head-on collision allegedly caused by his inhaling an intoxicating substance while driving.
Matthew V. Hopkins allegedly inhaled chemical fumes from a cleaning product while driving, passed out and crashed head-on into another vehicle. The passenger in the other vehicle was hospitalized.
In addition to the felony charge, Hopkins is charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance and unlawful use of a toxic substance.
Hopkins is also facing a prior charge of driving under the influence, after allegedly hitting a parked vehicle while drunk five months earlier. Other charges in that incident include having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle and leaving the scene of a crash.
Hopkins is a psychiatrist in private practice in Cody. His listing in the Wyoming Medical Board physician directory shows addiction psychiatry as one of his specialties. His website for his practice highlights his experience in addiction psychiatry.
Hopkins’ history of substance abuse goes back more than a decade. His medical license was suspended in New Hampshire in 2003 for an alcohol problem and for writing fake prescriptions for Adderall for himself. He entered a recovery program.
After moving to Wyoming, he agreed in 2009 to continue in a similar program. Two findings of noncompliance in 2011 led, first, to a stayed six-month suspension of his license in July that year, and then a six-month suspension that November, according to data on the Wyoming Medical Board’s disciplinary action list. In 2015, the Medical Board granted Hopkins’ petition to remove all restrictions and conditions related to his medical license.
Hopkins still has a full and unrestricted Wyoming medical license, according to the Medical Board website.
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