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2 arrests made in cemetery vandalism case

Peter Kougine (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) Peter Kougine (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Benjamin Orsborne (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) Benjamin Orsborne (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A report of mudding at a Jonesboro cemetery leads to 2 arrests, according to a police report.

Jonesboro police arrived at Keller's Chapel Cemetery Monday night and discovered a muddy white Ford pickup truck with damaged mirrors and tree branches on the hood.

Police found tire tread marks throughout the cemetery that led them to deep ruts and damaged trees. There were also footprints on the ground that led to a muddy footprint on the front door of a building on the property.

Police say someone attempted to kick the door in.

The driver of the truck, Peter Andre Koguine, 29, of Jonesboro told police he was riding around and was ready to go home, according to police.

Koguine was arrested and taken to the Craighead County Detention Center for sobriety testing after he told police he had a few beers.

Police found 2 open beer cans, several guns, and drug paraphernalia inside the truck.

Test results show Koguine had a blood alcohol level of 0.16, according to the report.

Koguine was cited for DWI, possession of drug paraphernalia, and criminal mischief.

The passenger, Benjamin Michael Orsborne, 29, of Jonesboro was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal mischief.

Both men are due in court Wednesday.

Jonesboro Police Department Public Information Specialist Paul Holmes said this isn't the first vandalism report at Keller's Chapel Cemetery.

“We've responded to 18 calls for service over the last 5 years,” said Holmes.

Holmes said the extent of the vandalism varies from spray painting and property damage.

“These are things that cause economic loss and in addition are a great source of aggravation to the people who are victimized by this,” said Holmes.

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