A Real-Life “Doogie Howser M.D.” Goes On Trial

See, this is why TV can be a dangerous, silly thing: A teen in Florida (of course) is on trial for impersonating a doctor, after a clerical error granted him a medical badge. The 18-year-old spent several days treating patients while posing as a doctor’s assistant. He’s been charged with two counts of impersonating a doctor and four counts of practicing medicine without a license. With typical teen hubris, Matthew Scheidt blames “the system.”

“Their error was putting me in apparently as a physician assistant into their computer,” Scheidt said. “Let’s even say that I said I was a physician assistant. Let’s even say that I was. Are you that stupid that you are just going to put me in the system as that, without any credentials or any paperwork or nothing?”

Scheidt was originally arrested in 2011, and confessed to the crime, but is currently trying to get his confession thrown out of court. “I messed up. I should have addressed the issue when it was given to me. I just didn’t want any questions asked, like I just wanted to learn as much as I possibly could,” he said. What would Vinnie say? (Unrelated: How was “Doogie Howser, M.D.” ever a show? The ’90s was so weird.)

After being arrested and charged, Scheidt was brought in again — this time for impersonating a police officer. [CNN]