BY KEN LITTLE
A Greeneville doctor charged earlier this month with crack cocaine possession is back in the Greene County Detention Center after checking himself out of an Alabama drug rehabilitation facility, violating the terms of his bond release.
Dr. Robert Wayne Locklear, 42, appeared this morning in General Sessions Court after being found early Thursday in a Best Western Hotel in Gardendale, Ala., by an employee of Express Bail Bonds in Greeneville, business owner Kerry Emmett said.
Bond was revoked by acting Judge David Leonard, sitting in for Judge Kenneth Bailey Jr.
Locklear's next scheduled court date is July 29.
Locklear, who had been free on $80,000 bond, had told Emmett and the court that he was checking in for a lengthy stay at Bradford Health Services in Warrior, Ala.
LEFT REHAB CENTER
Locklear apparently did not remain in the drug rehab center long, Emmett said.
Emmett received information about Locklear's whereabouts this week and Express Bail Bonds agent Stanley Garland III drove to Alabama.
Locklear was located about 5:30 a.m. Thursday in a hotel as he was buying some soda in a vending machine, Emmett said.
"He was nowhere near a rehab and there was a crack pipe in his possession," Emmett said.
Locklear was charged on June 11 with two counts of felony possession of a Schedule II drug. At arraignment, Bailey set the $80,000 bond amount.
As part of Locklear's release conditions, Bailey ordered bond monitoring and stipulated that Locklear submit to alcohol and drug testing every 10 days. If Locklear went to a rehabilitation facility, he had to abide by the rules of that facility, bond terms said.
BOOKED INTO JAIL
After being taken into custody by Garland, Locklear was driven back to Greeneville and booked into the county jail about 11 a.m. Thursday.
Had Locklear absconded, Express Bail Bonds would have been out $80,000, Emmett said.
"We got word he checked himself out of the rehab and we started investigating," he said.
The judge, probation officers and the bail bond company all agreed to allow Locklear to leave the state with the understanding he was going to a rehab facility.
"He came up with a deal where he would go into a long-term rehab, not stay a few days. We gave him a chance and let him leave the jurisdiction and go to a strange town," Emmett said. "He not only violated the contract with the judge, he violated my contract."
Emmett said he found out that Locklear may have actually checked himself out of the upscale Alabama rehab facility two or more times.
2 BREAK-INS AT HIS OFFICE
Locklear has a private internal medicine practice at 895 E. Andrew Johnson Hwy.
The Trinity Internal Medicine office has been closed since his arrest.
Greeneville police are investigating two separate break-ins at the office, including one between Monday night and Tuesday in which a computer was stolen from the office, according to police reports.
On June 5, sheriff's deputies answered a domestic disturbance call at the Be Happy Apartments, 3425 Snapps Ferry Road.
Agents of the Third Judicial District Drug Task Force were contacted.
"Drugs were alleged to be present in the apartment (in) a laundry basket in the bathroom," a report by a Drug Task Force agent said.
Crack cocaine was found in the laundry basket, a report by a Drug Task Force agent said.
On June 11, Greeneville police received a complaint from the clerk at the Comfort Inn, at 1790 E. Andrew Johnson Hwy.
The clerk told officers that "a large amount of short-stay traffic" was taking place in a room registered to Locklear, "and that she was suspicious of drug activity," a report said.
Locklear was placed under arrest June 11 in connection with the June 5 incident.
Police said about 6.4 grams of crack cocaine were found in Locklear's pants pocket during a search June 11 at the Comfort Inn, leading to the second drug possession count he is charged with.
Locklear went into private practice in February 2012. Prior to that, he had been affiliated with Takoma Medical Associates for several years before opening his own practice.