Man has heart attack during arraignment

Posted: Friday, November 15, 2002

A 68-year-old Kasilof man suffered an apparent heart attack, and his son was arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer in Kenai District Court Thursday afternoon.

Donald Hallstead was being arraigned on two counts of failure to appear when he apparently went into coronary arrest.

As Judicial Services officers, Alaska State Troopers and Kenai police were attempting to clear Magistrate David S. Landry's courtroom to make way for responding medical personnel, Hallstead's 30-year-old son, Don, allegedly pushed an officer over the railing that divides the courtroom from the public gallery seats.

The younger Hallstead, also of Kasilof, was immediately arrested by Kenai police on one count of assault on a police officer. He was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility where bail was set at $500.

The elder Hallstead was rushed by Kenai Fire Department ambulance to Central Peninsula General Hospital. His condition was not available at press time.

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