Dr. Robert Allen appears in Washington County Sessions Court on Monday (Photo by Lee Talbert, Press Photo Editor)
A Johnson City doctor was wearing nothing but a bathrobe and underwear when he led police on a high-speed chase through the east side of town with a loaded gun, a machete and marijuana in his vehicle Sunday morning, according to a police report.
After the chase, Dr. Robert C. Allen emerged from his Brentwood Drive home with a bicycle horn in one hand and an American flag in the other, honking and marching in front of his garage.
Allen was arrested following the incident and charged with evading arrest, as well as drug and weapons violations. (See earlier article). Allen was arraigned on the charges Monday afternoon with a preliminary hearing set for June 17. He remained held on $10,000 bond.
According to the account in the report, police first encountered Allen on East Market Street near police headquarters about 6:30 a.m. Sunday, when patrolman Adam Murray heard screeching tires and saw a black truck speeding up Market.
Murray saw the truck turn onto City Garage Road and then followed the sound of screeching tires rounding the curves. At the intersection of Elm Street and East Fairview Avenue, Allen stopped at the stop sign, waved at Murray and sped away.
Murray tried stopping Allen as he turned from Fairview onto Baxter Street, but Allen continued to Baxter and East Watauga Avenue, where he got out of his vehicle.
Murray recognized Allen, reporting that he was clad in a bathrobe, underwear and a cord of some kind around his neck.
Murray ordered Allen to go to the rear of his truck, but Allen got back into his truck and sped away again on Baxter. Murray followed at first but stopped his pursuit because of the speed. Murray reported that he was at 50 mph when he stopped chasing Allen on Baxter, where the limit is 30 mph.
A second officer, Jesse Jacobs, saw Allen turning from Baxter onto Brentwood Drive, and she followed him to his residence at 117 Brentwood, where Allen drove through his yard and stopped in front of his garage. Allen left the truck and ran into the garage. The doctor tried closing the door, but it was blocked, so he tossed items out of the garage so he could shut the door.
Police found a loaded .38-caliber revolver in the truck's driver's seat. More police arrived at the house, and after about 15 minutes, Allen emerged from the back door carrying the flag and the horn. He began honking the horn and marching in front of the garage.
After police placed Allen in custody, Murray returned to the truck, where he smelled marijuana. He found a machete sticking out from behind the driver's seat. Police also found 29 grams of marijuana in the center console.
A records check indicated Allen had no handgun carry permit. 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.