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A reportedly intoxicated patron at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming was arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges Saturday after allegedly fighting with Hot Springs police who tried to help him get home.

Rodney Richard Kagebein, 63, of Plainview, was taken into custody around 6 p.m. and charged with a felony count of second-degree battery, punishable by up to six years in prison, and misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest, punishable by up to one year in jail, disorderly conduct and public intoxication.

Kagebein was being held on bonds totaling $4,500 and appeared Monday in Garland County District Court.

According to the probable cause affidavit, police Officer Cynthia Howerton was working off duty at Oaklawn, 2705 Central Ave., inside the racing grandstand when Oaklawn security notified her there was an intoxicated male, later identified as Kagebein, causing a disturbance who needed to be escorted out.

Howerton approached Kagebein who reportedly had "slurred speech and red, bloodshot eyes," and noted he was "slightly resistant" to being escorted out, but complied as she held his arm and walked him toward the front entrance.

Kagebein was unsteady on his feet and almost fell going down the front steps, Howerton said, but she and security were able to catch him. She asked him how he was getting home and he told her he had a car. She told him she was not going to allow him to drive and asked if he had someone he could call for a ride.

While Howerton, security and Kagebein were walking on the concrete at the front entrance near the crosswalk on Central, the officer told Kagebein he needed to stop before he neared the street.

Kagebein allegedly ignored her command and continued to walk away from the officer. Howerton said she grabbed his arm and ordered him to stop and he pulled away. She was still holding his arm when he allegedly spun around and swung at her, punching her in the right ear.

Kagebein then reportedly backed away as Howerton pulled out her stun gun and deployed it, noting the considerable size difference between her and Kagebein. She noted the prongs of the stun gun made contact with Kagebein's front chest, but they didn't affect him.

A nearby officer tackled Kagebein to the ground, where he allegedly continued to resist but officers eventually got him under control and into custody.

Howerton reportedly sustained redness and swelling to her right ear.


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  • Molly44
    March 12, 2019 at 3:28 p.m.

    Slow news day?

  • MaxCady
    March 12, 2019 at 3:57 p.m.

    If you're from Plainview you probably don't get out much.

  • MaxCady
    March 12, 2019 at 5:23 p.m.

    If you're from Plainview going to Hot Springs is like going to Vegas, Disney World and Hooters all at once.

  • itryed
    March 12, 2019 at 8:45 p.m.

    What kind of news are you looking for, Molly, a police officer got punched in the head while 16000 people had to be exposed to this drunk. Then he wants to run into traffic endangering motorists

  • Winfield
    March 12, 2019 at 9:53 p.m.

    He must have lost all his money gambling; that will cause some people to get drunk and violent.

  • PopMom
    March 13, 2019 at 8:47 a.m.


    Exactly my thoughts. Doesn't this happen every day at Oaklawn? Every time I go to the track there or elsewhere, there are many people who can barely stand. I've been a little tipsy myself on occasion.

  • drs01
    March 13, 2019 at 9:46 a.m.

    Here's some advise from 50 years of experience: Drinking and gambling don't mix. What do they have in common with an Arkansas tornado? Sooner or later someone is going to lose a mobile home.