Local doctor makes first court appearance after bizarre chase
Doctor was arrested after a chase early Sunday morning wearing only a bathrobe and underwear
The black truck said to be involved in a Sunday morning police chase sits in front of the home of Dr. Robert C. Allen. Tire marks left behind show what police were dealing with when they say they followed Allen through neighborhood streets at high speeds.
"An officer right here at headquarters actually observed the car go by at a very reckless manor in the vicinity of police headquarters here down toward the interstate," explains Lt. Rick Stevens with the Johnson City Police Department.
We obtained a copy of the police report which describes in detail some of Dr. Allen's actions when he arrived home. According to officers Allen was wearing a bath robe, underwear, and had a rope around his neck when he ran into his home.
Police say he then started throwing things out of his garage until the door shut. Soon after Dr. Allen came back out of the house and was arrested. "The driver emerged from the home in an unusual manor in that he was carry an American flag and maybe some other instrument, maybe a horn in his hand," adds Lt. Stevens.
Lt. Stevens says Allen was likely under the influence of marijuana because after his arrest police smelled the smoke in his car and found marijuana, along with a gun and a machete.
Dr. Allen was in court Monday afternoon for an arraignment on charges including drug charges, felony evading, reckless driving and prohibited weapons violation.
We’ve learned this is not the first time Allen has been in trouble with the law. In July 2005 Robert Allen was convicted of DUI and evading arrest. That resulted in a five year probation by the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners. The probation period ended in 2011.
Allen remains in jail Monday night on a $10,000 bond. He's expected back in court June 17.
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