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Police: Dr. Robert Allen evades traffic stop in bathrobe, underwear

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JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) -

Around 6:00 Sunday morning, a Johnson City Police Officer attempted a traffic stop on a black Chevrolet Avalanche in the area of East Fairview Avenue, and Baxter Street.

According to Johnson City Police, the driver, 63-year-old Robert C. Allen,  refused to stop and was able to elude officers after reaching "dangerously high speeds" in the 30 mph zone.

The vehicle was later seen turning onto Brentwood Drive by another officer, who then followed Allen to 117 Brentwood Drive. Allen parked the vehicle and ran inside the home after several attempts to close the garage failed.

An officer observed Allen wearing a bath robe, underwear, and some type of cordage around his neck.

Police say Allen emerged from the home clothed and allegedly holding an American flag in one hand and a and a bicycle horn in the other. Officers say he  began honking the horn and marching in front of the garage.
 
Soon afterwards,  he was taken into custody.

A search of his truck revealed a loaded weapon - a .38 caliber revolver, 29 grams of marijuana in the center console, a machete sticking from behind the driver's seat and a "strong overpowering" smell of marijuana.

A background check, made at the time of his arrest, revealed that Allen did not have a permit to carry a handgun.

Allen was charged with felony evading, reckless driving, felony schedule VI drug charges and prohibited weapons violation.

Allen, an internal medicine doctor, works at Castle Clinic on South Roan Street.

Allen is being held at the Washington County Detention Center on a $10,000 bail, and is scheduled to appear in Washington County General Sessions court Monday at 1:30 p.m.

Records indicate that this is not the first time the doctor has ran away from the law. 

News Channel 11 found out in January 2006 the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners placed Dr. Allen on professional probation for 5 years after he was convicted in July 2005 in Washington County, TN of driving under the influence, violation of implied consent law and evading arrest - all misdemeanors. 

Dr. Allen graduated from medical school at University of Tennessee in 1973 and trained at hospitals in Memphis and the Mayo Clinic. 

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