ROCKLAND — A medical doctor who was treating patients with addictions from his office in Rockland had his license to practice medicine in Maine suspended immediately last week, after state officials say he was acting erratically, failing to keep appointments and being arrested by Camden police for stealing a vehicle.

The Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine issued Sept. 10 an Order of Immediate Suspension regarding Dr. Kevin F. Strong, M.D. The order suspended Strong’s ability to practice medicine in Maine.

The board’s action was based upon preliminary findings that “the actions and conduct of Dr. Strong constitute an immediate jeopardy to the health or safety of a person and the public who might receive his medical services and that delaying imposition of the suspension of his ability to practice medicine until holding a hearing would not adequately respond to the risk of harm to the public or his patients.”

The full suspension report cites several people contacting the state about Strong’s erratic behavior, and that he was missing appointments with 20 to 30 patients.

Strong was initially granted a license to practice medicine in Maine in 2008 with a specialty in pediatrics. But more recently, he was operating a practice in the Breakwater Marketplace, treating people with substance abuse disorders. He is not affiliated with Pen Bay Medical Center or Waldo County General Hospital.

According to the report, there were multiple reports to police in the past month about his behavior. One report was that he threatened to go to the law offices of his wife’s divorce attorney and cause a problem, and he was warned by Rockland police to stop harassing another individual.

On Sept. 10, Strong was arrested by an officer from Camden Police Department after he allegedly stole a motor vehicle from a Westbrook dealership and drove the vehicle to Camden, according to the suspension order. Court papers say Strong, 50, of Lincolnville, was released on $2,000 unsecured bail and his next court date is Nov. 22.

The order listed the reasons for the suspension which were “engaging in misuse of alcohol, drugs or other substances that has resulted or may result in the licensee performing services in a manner that endangers the health or safety of patients; as a result of a professional diagnosis of a mental or physical condition that has resulted or may result in the licensee performing services in a manner that endangers the health or safety of patients; by engaging in conduct that evidences a lack of ability or fitness to discharge the duty owed by the licensee to a client or patient or the general public; engaging in conduct that evidences a lack of knowledge or inability to apply principles or skills to carry out the practice for which the licensee is licensed; and by engaging in unprofessional conduct by violating a standard of professional behavior, including engaging in disruptive behavior, that has been established in the practice of medicine.”

All board disciplinary actions are reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank and the Federation of State Medical Boards Action Data Bank. These reports are regularly reviewed by every state licensing board in the country.

The board is made up of six physicians, three public members and two physician assistants appointed by the Governor. The board is an agency of the State of Maine.