Deadbeat dad faints during warrant arrest in Orange

Richard Kibodeaux (left) and Laura Willey

Police in Orange arresting a man for a warrant for failing to pay child support had to make a stop at a local hospital before they could take the suspect to jail because the man fainted while being detained, the Orange Police Department reports.

According to a news release from OPD, Patrol Officer Patrick McDonald received information that 38-year-old Richard Kibodeaux of Port Neches, who had a known warrant for his arrest, was at the Shell Station located at the corner of Highway 62 and Interstate 10 on Aug. 23 at about 10:21 p.m. Upon his arrival to the location, Officer McDonald made contact with Kibodeaux and a woman, identified as 33-year-old Laura Willey of Orange. After checking for warrants for both, the officer confirmed Kibodeaux's outstanding warrant from the Orange County Sheriff's Office for nonpayment of child support and Willey had warrants from the Pinehurst Municipal Court for speeding, driving with an invalid license, defective equipment and failure to appear.

Both were arrested, and Willey was taken to the Orange County Jail. Because Kibodeaux reportedly fainted while being placed in handcuffs, he was first taken to Baptist Hospital in Orange for evaluation before being deposited into the care of staff at the Orange County Jail.