A University of Idaho employee charged with nearly a half dozen felonies may be trying for a “Twinkie Defense” by claiming too much caffeine caused him to crash his car into two WSU students near the Pullman campus Monday morning.
In court Wednesday Daniel Noble’s attorney Mark Moorer blamed a caffeine-fueled mental breakdown for the incident that sent 23-year-old WSU student Hougun Hahm and 19-year-old WSU student Neal Waldbjorn to the hospital for injuries sustained when Noble hit both of them with his car in two separate incidents.
Noble then jumped out of his car and police had to Taze him in order to subdue him and take him into custody.
“Law enforcement had to eventually taze him to get him in control, in custody and into a patrol car,” Sergeant Brad Hudson with the Washington State Patrol added.
Noble made his first appearance on five felony counts in a Whitman County courtroom in Colfax Wednesday and his appearance was anything but normal.
During his appearance he mumbled to two jail guards about his heart rate and his blood, banged on his desk, disrupted the court and wouldn’t sit down until his wife and his attorney convinced him to take a seat.
Once he sat down though the disruptions continued, asking his attorney if he would sing with him.
“Do you wanna do a duet? Ever done a duet,” Noble asked Moorer.
Police say the behavior Noble exhibited in court Wednesday is similar to how he acted when he was taken into custody Monday. Moorer says that his behavior might be “indicative of delirium” or it could be just too much caffeine.
“There actually is a diagnosis for caffeine induced psychosis,” Moorer said.
Everything is speculation as to what might be wrong with Noble at this point. Unfortunately he was supposed to have had a mental evaluation done before Wednesday’s court appearance, but due to a miscommunication that didn’t happen.
Because he has not had a mental evaluation yet his court appearance has been re-scheduled for this coming Friday.
December 9, 2009