New 10 Commandments Statue at State Capitol Destroyed, 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 Michael Tate Reed of Van Buren, Arkansas, was booked 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.

Nearly three years ago, a Ten Commandments monument at Oklahoma's  Capitol was taken down the same way when a driver crashed his car into the statue there. That driver was identified as Michael Tate Reed  of Van Buren, Arkansas. He was admitted to a hospital for mental treatment, but formal charges were never filed. It is not yet clear if he is the same person who attacked the Arkansas monument.

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