Man arrested for driving over, damaging graves in Paragould cemetery

PARAGOULD, Ark. – A man is being held on a $125,000 cash-only bond after he allegedly destroyed or damaged 12 grave markers and caused tens of thousands in damages at a Paragould cemetery.

About 11:38 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8, a press release from Paragould Police Department says a 911 call came in that a black SUV was doing doughnuts in Linwood Cemetery. As officers were en route to investigate, the SUV became disabled and the driver fled the scene on foot.

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Witnesses were able to provide a description and direction of travel of the fleeing driver, and he was quickly located and detained, police said.

Several gravestones and grave markers were damaged in this incident, with estimates being in excess of $25,000.

Bradley D. Sweaney, age 43 of Paragould, was charged with the following offenses:

  • Destruction or removal of a cemetery or grave marker; twelve counts
  • Leaving the scene of an accident with property damage
  • Driving on a suspended driver’s license

After a probable cause hearing Thursday morning, Sweaney remained in custody at the Greene County Jail on a $125,000 cash only bond.

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Photos courtesy Paragould Police Department Facebook. 

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