LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The trial of a Diboll man accused of driving his car while his wife was on the top of it took a recess Friday after the defendant, Arthur Brown, was unable to continue. Brown is being tried for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Strep throat is believed to be the cause. As Judge Paul Whit was entering the 159th District courtroom, Brown could be seen standing over a trashcan vomiting. Brown was escorted by a bailiff and his attorney, B. Eugene Newsom, to a nearby restroom where the vomiting continued.
Brown was unable to speak due to a sore throat but communicated by paper with both Newsom and White that he wished to continue the trial.
White made the decision to put the trial in recess out of the health concerns of everyone in the courtroom.
White told Newsom that if Brown's illness continues past Monday then he will need a medical certificate to prove that he is as sick as it appears.
Newsom to KTRE that he does not believe that Brown's current medical status will delay the trial past Friday.
Arthur Davis Brown, 36, was arrested in November 2011 after authorities apprehended him near Feagin Drive in Lufkin for driving high speeds with his wife, Candice Batiste Brown, on top of his vehicle. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge against him.
The Angelina County Sheriff's Office investigated the case. Authorities say Brown was driving at high speeds on U.S. 59 with his wife, Candice Batiste Brown, on top of his vehicle. The woman was taken by helicopter to a Tyler hospital, where she was treated for serious injuries after she fell off the vehicle.
Former Angelina County Sheriff Kent Henson told KTRE News in November 2011 that Brown called 911 and mentioned he had a disturbance with his wife. The dispatcher asked Brown if his wife was in the car and Brown said, "No, my wife's on the car."
Henson said it was about that time the woman fell off the vehicle, near the intersection of Airport Road.
The man kept driving and was eventually stopped by Lufkin Police on Feagin Drive, Henson said.