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Alleged Intoxicated Man Punches HSPD Officer; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS

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Hot Springs Police Officer Howerton was working off Duty Security at Oaklawn Race Track last Saturday when she was notified by Oaklawn Security of an intoxicated man inside the grandstand that needed to go ahead and end his day.

Mr. Rodney R. Kagebein of W. 605th Street in Plainview, was allegedly causing a disturbance with other patrons when Off. Howerton and the Oaklawn Security Team approached him and asked him to follow them to the exit.  The report notes that Mr. Kagebein had slurred speech and red/bloodshot eyes.  Mr. Kagebein was allegedly slightly resistant to being escorted out at first, but complied when he was taken by the arm and led out of the building.

Rodney R. Kagebein of W. 605th Street in Plainview – allegedly punched a police officer in the ear before being tackled on the sidewalk.

Once outside the building and down on the sidewalk, discussion began about how he was going to get home.  Mr. Kagebein allegedly told Off. Howerton that he planned to drive his car.  Ultimately, he was told that he was either going to call a friend for a ride or get in a taxi cab.  Mr. Kagebein allegedly walked from the officer and towards the traffic moving on the street.  Off. Howerton allegedly ordered for him to stop a couple of times.  Then, she grabbed his arm and told him to stop.  Mr. Kagebein allegedly spun around and punched her in the ear and backed away from her as she shot him with the tazer gun in the chest.  The shot did not work as designed.  So, Officer 1st Class Lowery tackled the suspect.  Mr. Kagebein allegedly continued to resist as he was handcuffed on the ground.

Mr. Kagebein was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.  A portable breath test sample of .184% BAC was allegedly obtained during the booking process.

Officer Howerton allegedly had swelling and redness to the ear.

Mr. Kagebein is charged with Felony Battery, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct and Public Intoxication with a bond amount totaling $10,000.