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story.lead_photo.caption Michael Tate Reed, 32, of Van Buren and the Ten Commandments statue he is accused of knocking over with his vehicle.

The man accused of driving a vehicle into a Ten Commandments monument — destroying it just hours after it was installed outside the state Capitol in Little Rock — has been found not fit for trial based on a diagnosis by state doctors.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza on Thursday committed Michael Tate Reed, 32, to the Arkansas State Hospital until doctors can determine if he will ever be fit for trial.

Authorities say Reed drove a car into the monument on June 28, toppling it and causing it to crumble into pieces. The act was broadcast live on Facebook, police said, and Reed was arrested on charges of defacing objects of public respect, trespassing on Capitol grounds, both misdemeanors, and first-degree criminal mischief, a felony.

In an earlier appearance in Pulaski County District Court, Reed appeared via a video feed from the Pulaski County jail. When he approached the camera, he appeared calm but then had to be muted as he exclaimed, “My Lord, my God” multiple times and told his public defender he did not need her services.

Reed was previously accused of destroying a Ten Commandments monument in Oklahoma in a similar fashion, after which he was hospitalized for mental evaluation and treatment, according to the Tulsa World.

Read Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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Reporter Emma Pettit contributed to this story.


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  • abb
    November 16, 2017 at 10:08 a.m.

    He is a liberal/progressive atheist, of course he is mentally ill.

  • YoungHog
    November 16, 2017 at 10:48 a.m.


    come on man..

  • TimberTopper
    November 16, 2017 at 10:54 a.m.

    LOL! Think Raport better stand guard. If this guy can get another car he'll do it again.

  • jumpedcut
    November 16, 2017 at 12:36 p.m.

    Abb - That's cute, but this guy was neither a liberal or an atheist. Nice try, though.

  • BigSweetie
    November 16, 2017 at 12:44 p.m.

    Did he have a Drivers License? If he is not mentally fit, how did he get it? If he had no license, who was the idiot that let him drive their vehicle? Maybe they need to pay for the damages.

  • JakeTidmore
    November 16, 2017 at 1:10 p.m.

    Little Annie Fanny just being dull and droll, folks. It's an old joke that's been recycled so many times that it's worthless.
    ABB - you might want to see if you qualify for the Witless Protection Program.

    November 16, 2017 at 1:12 p.m.

    Not too crazy, he can figure out how to drive a vehicle. That’s proof enough for me he’s fit for prison.

  • MaxCady
    November 16, 2017 at 1:23 p.m.

    I'd like to bail him out so he could smash the new one!

  • MaxCady
    November 16, 2017 at 1:24 p.m.

    He only does what the voices in his head tell him to!

  • Zepplin1
    November 16, 2017 at 2:01 p.m.

    how can guy be mentally fit enough to know how to stream this on facebook live, but not mentally fit enough for trial ?