OKLAHOMA CITY — Authorities took a man into custody Friday after they say he admitted driving a car onto the state Capitol grounds and into a disputed granite monument of the Ten Commandments, smashing it to pieces.
The man was detained after he showed up at a federal building in Oklahoma City on Friday morning, rambling and making derogatory statements about the president, and admitted destroying the monument, said David Allison, an agent with the Secret Service in Oklahoma City.
‘‘He claimed he got out of his car, urinated on the monument, and then ran over it and destroyed it,’’ Allison said. ‘‘He said Satan told him to do it, and that he was a Satanist.’’
The 6-foot-tall monument was erected in 2012 with the blessing of the conservative Legislature. The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma has been suing to have it removed, arguing that it violates the state constitution and could be seen as a state endorsement of a religion.