Los Angeles psychologist Lois Vodhanel placed on probation for alcohol-related traffic convictions

January 4, 2010

On September 30, 2009, the Psychology Board of the State of California revoked the license of Lois Verbanic Vodhanel, Ph.D. Revocation was stayed and Vodhanel was placed on probation for five years.

According to the Board’s Accusation, Vodhanel was convicted of a crime substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of a psychologist.

On or about March 17, 2007, Vodhanel was arrested after being stopped by police, who had observed her driving five miles per hour, talking on her cell phone and obstructing traffic; remaining stopped for fifteen seconds after the traffic light had turned green and making an unsafe turn. She was further observed to have watery, bloodshot eyes and her face was flushed; she was unable to complete the Field Sobriety Test, was unable to complete a breath test at the police station and refused to submit to a blood test.

Vodhanel pleaded guilty May 22, 2007 to reckless driving and was placed on 36 months probation.

On or about April 27, 2007, while driving, Vodhanel collided her vehicle into the rear of another vehicle at a red light then drove away without giving her information to the other driver, who called 911. Responding officers noted a strong odor of alcohol on Vodhanel’s breath, in addition to that of vomit. She again failed to complete the Field Sobriety Test but her Chemical Test revealed a blood alcohol level of 16/16.

She pleaded no contest to failure to stop and driver of her identification after an accident and was sentenced to 60 months probation with 4 days to be served in Los Angeles County Jail. She was also prohibited from operating a motor vehicle for one year.

Source: First Amended Accusation in the Matter of the Accusation Against Lois Vodhanel, Psychologist License No. PSY 14646, Case No. 1f-2007-182468, December 24, 2008 and Stipulated Settlement and Disciplinary Order, effective September 30, 2009.


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