An Eatonville Town Council member was arrested Sunday on a charge of domestic battery after, police said, he grabbed his wife's face forcefully and left a mark under her eye.
James Randolph, 67, was arrested on the misdemeanor charge and was being processed at the Eatonville police station when he complained of chest pains, Officer John Simone said.
He was taken to Florida Hospital Orlando by ambulance and was still being treated in the emergency room Sunday evening. His condition was not thought to be life-threatening.
Police said they don't know what caused the spat between Randolph and his wife of 27 years, Wanda. However, they say a man whom they presume to be Randolph called to report a disturbance a little before 10 a.m. When Simone responded to the couple's home on Bethune Avenue, they were out front. James Randolph was handcuffed and arrested. Wanda Randolph, 54, did not require medical attention.
"He was found to be the aggressor," Simone said.
There is no previous record of domestic violence between the couple, he said. A report of the incident will be forwarded to the Orange-Osceola State Attorney's Office for possible prosecution, Simone said.