NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM) – A Springdale doctor’s medical license has been suspended after police said they found loaded pistols and prescription pills in his car during a traffic stop.
Dr. David Furr was arrested Nov. 19 in Barling after police said they found two loaded pistols and loose prescriptions pills in his vehicle during a traffic stop. He was jailed on suspicion of four counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of misbranded drugs and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, according to investigators. Those charges were later dropped.
The state medical board suspended Furr’s medical license this month, according to public records. Furr’s license was set to be active through Oct. 31, 2015. It is currently listed as “inactive”.
Furr’s prescribing license in Oklahoma has also been revoked because of his arrest, according to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics. Agents with the bureau approached Furr on Jan. 21 and asked him to voluntarily surrender his license to prescribe medications, said Mark Woodward, a spokesman with the bureau.
Furr gave up his prescribing license voluntarily, according to the bureau.
Woodward said the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is also conducting an investigation into Furr to see if he has broken any Oklahoma drug laws.
Furr is listed as a physician for Image Quest Medical Clinic, which has locations in Roland, Okla., and Springdale.
Barling police said Furr was pulled over at 22nd Street and L Street after running a stop sign. Investigators said they searched his vehicle after discovering he was wanted on a third-degree domestic battery warrant out of Sebastian County.
Investigators said they found several different types of prescription drugs and more than $4,000 in cash inside a backpack in the Furr’s vehicle. A loaded .45-caliber pistol and a loaded .40-caliber pistol were also found in the vehicle. Investigators said he did not have a license for the weapons.
Furr’s attorney said the doctor was carrying guns for his protection, as he was moving the cash from one of his practice locations to another. He said doing so is not against the law.
Furr’s Image Quest locations are closed, with a note on the door of his Roland office that state he is on leave to treat a cyst found on his brain.
The notes read, “As of 01/21/15, Dr. Furr is on medical leave to be treated for a cyst that was found on his brain. We are unable to fill weight loss medications. Dr. Blake is currently in theprocess of transitioning you to his care. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. Image Quest staff.”
Furr is set to undergo a disciplinary hearing in front of the Arkansas State Medical Board on April 9 and 10. An emergency order of suspension of his license by the board states Furr violated at least two medical practices laws. One alleged violation states he broke U.S. and state laws “regulating the prescribing, possession, distribution and administering of Schedule medication.” The order also states Furr is “exhibiting a habitual and intemperate or excessive use of habit-forming drugs.”