Police: Man Drives Drunk Onto State Capitol Grounds

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Step-by-step and lap-by-lap Jerry Fields walks the State Capitol Grounds.

"It's just a good walk," says Fields. "It's bigger than any track."

Fields walks the sidewalk in front of the State Capitol everyday.

"I get off at 4:30 and I usually come over here and just walk laps," says Fields.

Fields is walking the same sidewalk authorities say Brian Reed, 39, used as a roadway Wednesday night while allegedly driving drunk.

State Capitol Police say Reed drove on the main sidewalk in front of the State Capitol, drove through the Capitol Mall and crashed into a wall near the State Capitol Zoning Commission.

This is the second incident where someone drove onto the grounds.

In June, cell phone video shows Michael Reed intentionally driving onto the State Capitol grounds to destroy the Ten Commandments monument.

"That incident as well as security concerns in general have been taken very seriously," says Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway.

Rapert led the efforts to place that monument on the Capitol grounds.

"I can tell you I've heard some discussions that they have had -- potentially enhancing the security in general around the State Capitol," says Rapert.

Fields will continue his afternoon walks, keeping a closer eye on who and what is on the sidewalk.

"That's where a lot of people walk," says Fields. "People just seem different now."

According to an arrest report, Brian Reed faces Criminal Trespassing, drunk driving and refusal to submit charges.

No injuries were reported.

A State Capitol Police Spokesperson said Thursday they cannot comment on possible security upgrades.


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