By A.J. ALGIER
Sun Staff Writer
WESTERLY — A Westerly doctor who said an “honest mistake” led him to the bedroom door of a stranger’s home at 4 a.m. has had his medical license suspended.
The Rhode Island Department of Health issued a statement Wednesday noting Roy M. Main was suspended until further notice. In its order, the department said allowing him to continue his practice “would constitute an immediate danger to the public, and the public health, safety and welfare imperatively requires emergency action.”
Main, 58, a Westerly internist affiliated with Lawrence + Memorial and Westerly hospitals, was charged with felony breaking and entering on Aug. 10 — accused of entering the home of a Comanche Court family. The police said Main, of Reed Court, Westerly, told an officer he was looking for the house of a friend, Bill Brower, who had told him to enter through the side door if the residence was locked. According to a Westerly patrol officer, the doctor said it was his night off and he and his companion, Amy Gannon, were going there to “party.”
Main and Brower later said the doctor was trying find Brower’s house, but they contradicted the police report as to the reason.
In an interview in August, Main told The Sun he was somewhat concerned about Brower, a patient and longtime friend. He said Brower had been on blood thinners, had recently returned from a long trip and wasn’t feeling well. Worried, Main said he decided he’d better check on his friend,
The owner of the house, Mark Restelli, said he didn’t hear Main yelling the name “Bill” as he climbed the stairs and didn’t see him until he appeared in the doorway of his bedroom.
Restelli, who has said he owns a gun for protection, said he hit Main in the face and held him until police arrived. Restelli’s wife, Gilda, called to report the break-in. Police put Main in handcuffs and took him to the police station. He was released from custody after being arraigned at the station. In an unusual move, he did not appear in 4th Division District Court; his case was moved straight to Superior Court where it will be heard.
In their ruling, health department officials referred to the Westerly police report, which said two bags containing marijuana were confiscated from Main’s car and “a strong odor of burnt marijuana was detected.”
Health officials said Main’s alleged actions constituted civil violations of Rhode Island General laws and regulations governing professional conduct and controlled substances.
Main was not charged with possession of marijuana. He told The Sun last month his son had used the car earlier in the day and he had no idea marijuana was present.
Main was issued a medical license in 1991 and maintains an office at Main Medical, 23 Clara Drive, Suite 201, Mystic. He has 10 days in which to request an administrative hearing on the suspension.
Main had no comment on the matter when reached Wednesday.