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Report: Johnson City doctor removed screw from jail cell, flushed down toilet

June 11th, 2013 12:02 pm by Staff Report

Report: Johnson City doctor removed screw from jail cell, flushed down toilet

Dr. Robert C. Allen in Washington County Sessions Court appearance on Monday (Photo by Lee Talbert, Press Photo Editor)


A Johnson City doctor accused of leading police on a high speed chase over the weekend is facing an additional charge after vandalizing his jail cell, according to a court document.


Dr. Robert C. Allen, 63, 117 Brentwood Drive, removed a screw from a towel hanger inside his cell at the Washington County Detention Center in Jonesborough late Sunday night, a deputy stated in an affidavit of complaint.


Allen then flushed the screw down the toilet, Allen's cellmate told Deputy Burton Ellis.


The incident took place just before midnight, according to the complaint. (Read the full complaint here.)


Charged with vandalism, Allen was set for a hearing on the new charge Tuesday in Washington County Sessions Court.

Allen was brought into court separately from other cases heard on Tuesday. 

Julie Hayes, an assistant district attorney general, said Allen is working on acquiring legal representation and should appear in court again Monday morning.

A psychological evaluation is being considered, said Allen’s niece Tonia Evans.

“That’s still up in the air,” she said.


Allen was arrested Sunday after a high-speed police chase that began near police headquarters on East Market Street early Sunday morning. The Castle Clinic physician was wearing nothing but a bathrobe and underwear and had a loaded gun and a machete in his truck, according to a police report.


The chase ended when Allen drove through his own yard and ran into his house. He emerged about 15 minutes later marching in front of his garage with an American flag and honking a bicycle horn.


Along with the gun and the machete, police found 29 grams of marijuana in the center console of Allen's truck.


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


Allen was arraigned on those charges Monday and remained jailed in the Detention Center on $10,000 bond with a preliminary hearing scheduled for the following Monday.


Another $1,000 bond was added for the vandalism charge.


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.

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