Metro East doctor pleads guilty to 2 DUIs -

Metro East doctor pleads guilty to 2 DUIs

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A southwestern Illinois doctor who surrendered his medical license for allegedly prescribing drugs improperly and having sex with two patients has pleaded guilty to two drunken-driving offenses.

Charles Earnshaw pleaded guilty Tuesday in Madison County Circuit Court to two misdemeanor DUI counts. In exchange, prosecutors dropped two felony weapons charges.

During the hearing, Earnshaw says he has undergone alcohol treatment and plans to apply for reinstatement of his doctor's license.

Bethalto police arrested Earnshaw in January 2006 for DUI with a loaded pistol in his boot. Police also said he showed them a bogus badge and claimed to be a sheriff's deputy.

Earnshaw was arrested again for suspected DUI five weeks later in Wood River, where police reportedly found a different semiautomatic gun in a glove.

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