The suspension of the license of the Barrington doctor who crashed his Jeep into a liquor store in Seekonk almost three years ago while driving drunk has been lifted.
The Department of Health issued a consent order on Wednesday, Jan. 8, that lifts the suspension for Dr. Joseph F. Grillo, 55, of 73 Primrose Hill Road. His office is located at 310 Maple Ave., the Barrington Urgent Care center.
Grillo’s medical license was suspended on Feb. 16, 2011, after he was charged by Seekonk police with six offenses, including driving drunk, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, breaking and entering a building, destruction of property, and driving an unregistered vehicle.
A surveillance video at the Country Liquors store showed Grillo getting out of an SUV after it crashed into the storefront and reaching through the crumpled doorway in an apparent attempt to grab a bottle of beer.
Grillo subsequently pleaded guilty to drunk driving and was ordered to pay restitution for the damage caused to the liquor store. He has been working with the Physicians Health Committee for almost three years and has earned the board’s endorsement to return to active medical practice, according to the consent order.
His acts were considered a violation of Rhode Island law because of dependency on controlled substances.
Grillo must also abstain from drinking alcohol and using controlled substances, according to the consent order. He will remain on probation for five years after the consent order is ratified by the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline.
Grillo had been on probation three years ago with the medical board for “unacceptable disruptive behavior” in the course of his own treatment with the Physicians Health Committee of the Rhode Island Medical Society, according to a consent order he signed in February of 2007.