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.
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.
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.