Dr. Robert Allen speaks with reporters after the hearing Friday (Becky Campbell/Johnson City Press)
A Johnson City doctor said he had a lot of physical, mental and financial stress on him in June, particularly the day he led police on a high-speed chase with a loaded gun, a machete and marijuana in his vehicle.
Court documents also indicate Dr. Robert C. Allen was “psychotic and delusional” that day, which led to him pleading not guilty by reason of insanity to related charges Friday in Washington County Criminal Court.
“I just want to say this had been an absolute nightmare for me. I do not remember anything that happened during that time,” Allen said after his court appearance.
“I was undergoing a severe amount of personal stress, both physically and maritally, financially. I was just recovering from my third knee operation, my wife had deserted me, I was unable to work, the clinic was not solvent financially and that was kind of the tip of the iceberg. That whole week after and preceding the event was vague, just a nightmare,” he said.
As part of his plea, Allen was ordered to undergo outpatient evaluation and necessary treatment, after which his case would be resolved. A judge set a March 14 court date to determine compliance.
Allen, 63, 117 Brentwood Dr., was charged with charged with reckless driving, drug possession, a weapons violation and vandalism in the June 9 incident. He was wearing nothing but a bathrobe and underwear at the time. After the chase, 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 appeared before Criminal Court Judge Stacy Street with his two attorneys — criminal attorney Gene Scott and civil attorney Harry Williams — to enter the plea.
Scott and prosecutors worked out the not guilty insanity plea after a letter from Frontier Health mental evaluators who determined Allen was suffering from a mental disease or defect when the bizarre incident occurred.
Allen had attended previous court hearings in a wheelchair, but Friday he was walking, albeit slowly, with a cane.
Allen owned and operated the Castle Clinic, located on South Roan Street, at the time of his arrest. It has since closed. If patients still need to get their medical records, they can call 773-3382.
“I’m thankful I’ve received the help I’ve received. I’m appreciative of all my patients who have sent me cards and letters, their concern and all their prayers,” Allen said.
“My goal over the next year is to basically work on getting better — rehabilitation physically, rehabilitation psychologically. I may or may not reapply for my (medical) license.”