'Caffeine Psychosis' May Have Caused Man's Erratic Driving, Defense Lawyer Says

A hardworking financial analyst for the University of Idaho routinely chugged coffee and energy drinks and may have been under the influence of “caffeine psychosis” during an erratic-driving incident that put two college students in the hospital in nearby Washington state, his lawyer says.

Attorney Mark Moorer, who represents Dan Noble, told a Whitman County Superior Court judge that his client could have been high on caffeine when he struck two student pedestrians on the Washington State University campus, according to the Associated Press and the Huckleberries Online blog of the Spokesman-Review.

Judge David Frazier ordered Noble, 31, held until his mental status can be evaluated. Noble is charged with vehicular assault, hit and run and resisting arrest.

The two students are reportedly recovering from their injuries.

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