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Employee: New doctor will practice at Castle Clinic in absence of physician accused in police chase

June 26th, 2013 10:34 am by Rex Barber

Employee: New doctor will practice at Castle Clinic in absence of physician accused in police chase

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

Castle Clinic in Johnson City remains open after the arrest of the physician who practiced there, despite other media reports that the state had shut it down.

Dr. Robert C. Allen, 63, 117 Brentwood Drive, who operated the clinic at 1416 South Roan St., was accused of leading Johnson City police on a high speed chase a few weeks ago. He was reportedly 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.

A vandalism charge was later added after he reportedly flushed a screw down a toilet at the Washington County Detention Center.

Read more about Allen's charges here.

Travis Estes, bone density technician at the Castle Clinic, said a new doctor is coming in to operate the clinic, though he declined to immediately provide his name.

Estes did say he was a local and well-known physician.

Patients can not be seen unless a doctor is present. Estes apologized for any inconveniences and said the doctor would be working as soon as all the necessary paperwork has been filed.

"We're going by the rules," he said. "It's just a time and paper work issue. It should be resolved very soon."

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