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Springfield doctor pleads guilty to misdemeanor in assault of Uber driver

Dr. Bharat Shah/Springfield, Mo.
Dr. Bharat Shah/Springfield, Mo.(ky3)
Published: May. 20, 2022 at 8:27 AM CDT|Updated: May. 20, 2022 at 3:23 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - A Springfield doctor entered a guilty plea to misdemeanor charges in an assault of an Uber driver.

Dr. Bharat Shah pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree misdemeanor assault charge. The judge suspended a jail sentence as long as the doctor meets certain conditions, including a class and no contact with the Uber driver. He must also pay a fine. He must serve 31 hours in jail during the month of July.

Investigators say on Saturday, May 7, deputies responded to a 911 call around 12:30 a.m. on Farm Road 141 and Arlington in Greene County. Dr. Shah told dispatchers his Uber driver wouldn’t stop and that “he was going to kill the driver.” Investigators say the driver only communicates by written statements.

Attorneys for Shah say the doctor did not know of his hearing impairment. Lawyer Joe Passanise released a statement to KY3 News.

“He accepted responsibility and is extremely remorseful for his actions. He apologized to the involved party and is grateful that the prosecutor amended the charge and the judge accepted the agreement. This unfortunate incident was not from a place of intolerance or hate. Dr. Shah was born deaf in one ear and understands the difficulty of hearing impairment and chose the field of otolaryngology to help make a difference in others’ lives. He hopes his reckless behavior can be forgiven and wants to continue to be a difference-maker in our community. Dr. Shah remains humbled by the continued support of his family, friends, and patients.

Dr. Shah is a prominent Springfield plastic surgeon.

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