It was no ordinary lunch break for David Napoleon Valentine.
On trial last Wednesday in the District of Columbia Superior Court on a charge of possession of heroin, Valentine was ordered by the judge to reappear in court after the noon hour.
When the time arrived, Valentine didn't.
The defense attorney was present. So were the government prosecutor, the jury and the judge.
But word came that 22-year-old Valentine, who had been free on bond during the trial, had been arrested during the lunch break and charged with selling narcotics at 14th and U streets NW, and was being booked at a police station.
This news did not sit well with Superior Court Judge Dyer Justice Taylor, who was presiding at the trial. Valentine had violated one of the conditions of his release -- not to be rearrested.
After a short delay, Valentine was hustled back to the courtroom where Taylor revoked his bond. A new bond was set at $10,000. The trial resumed.
Earlier in the trial, there had been another unusual occurrence. Shortly after the trial began late in August, a court marshal searched Valentine and found some marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to sources familiar with the case.
This also did not please the judge.
Neither Assistant U.S. Attorney Darryl W. Jackson nor Valentine's defense attorney, William Spencer, would comment on this incident. The jury was not informed of the arrest.
Valentine, of 2932 Massachusetts Ave. SE, originally was arrested on the heroin possession charge last June.
The jury will resume its deliberations today.