New 10 Commandments Statue at State Capitol Destroyed, 1 Man Arrested


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Less than 24 hours after a controversial 10 Commandments monument was placed at the Arkansas State Capitol, it has been destroyed. 

 According to Chris Powell with the Secretary of State's Office, a 32-year-old man drove through the statue around 4:47 a.m. on Wednesday while filming on his cell phone.


Pulaski County jail records show that Michael Tate Reed of Van Buren,  Arkansas, was booked into the jail shortly after 7:30 a.m. Wednesday on  preliminary charges of defacing objects of public interest, criminal  trespass and first-degree criminal mischief, with Capitol Police listed as the arrest agency.


The car has been towed and the man surrendered. He has been taken to a local hospital. A perimeter fence has been installed for safety reasons and cleanup.

 An active investigation by Capitol police is underway, and no other information has been released at this time.


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