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Report: Castle Clinic doctor arrested on drug, weapon charges after fleeing Johnson City police at 'dangerously high speeds'

June 9th, 2013 6:17 pm by Staff Report

Report: Castle Clinic doctor arrested on drug, weapon charges after fleeing Johnson City police at 'dangerously high speeds'

Booking photo of Robert C. Allen


A Johnson City physician was arrested Sunday on drug and weapon charges after he fled from a police traffic stop at high speed, according to a news release.


Police said Dr. Robert C. Allen, 63, 117 Brentwood Drive, was driving a black Chevrolet Avalanche in the vicinity of E. Fairview Avenue and Baxter Street when police tried to stop the vehicle.


Allen refused to stop and was able to elude police after reaching "dangerously high speeds" in a 30 mph zone, but another officer soon spotted him turning onto Brentwood Drive. The officer followed to 117 Brentwood, where Allen parked and ran inside his home, police said.


He came back outside soon, however, and was taken into custody. Searching the Avalanche, police found drug materials and a loaded .38-caliber revolver.


Allen was charged with felony evading arrest, reckless driving, felony schedule VI drug charges and a prohibited weapons violation.


Sunday's incident was not Allen's first encounter with Johnson City police. In 2006, the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners took disciplinary action against Allen following his arrest and conviction for alcohol- and traffic-related misdemeanors the previous year. His medical license was placed on probation for five years.


The doctor was convicted in July 2005 of driving under the influence of alcohol, evading arrest and violation of the implied consent law. He was sentenced to eight days in jail and 11 months and 29 days on probation.


Allen, an internal medicine specialist, operates the Castle Clinic on South Roan Street.


Following Sunday's arrest, Allen was booked into the Washington County Detention Center and held on $10,000 bond pending a Sessions Court appearance Monday.


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