Arkansas State Police Investigate Arson Of Ex-Police Chief's Truck

Oct 26, 2015

Graffiti spray painted on then-Bald Knob Police Chief Erek Balentine's truck on Sept. 14.
Credit KATV, Channel 7 News

Arkansas State Police are now investigating the burning of former Bald Knob Police Chief Erek Balentine's pickup truck.

State Police spokesman Bill Sadler told The Daily Citizen that the agency agreed to the investigation requested by Prosecuting Attorney Becky Reed McCoy.

Balentine found his truck on fire the night of Sept. 14 with the words "2 Amendment" spray-painted on the truck. The fire came after the arrest and conviction of a Bald Knob man for disorderly conduct and carrying a weapon.

Balentine resigned Oct. 5 saying he wanted to protect his family.

Balentine was later hired as a Beebe police officer, but was fired Oct. 15. Beebe Police Chief Wayne Ballew would not say if the termination was related to the investigation.