Former employee of Trotter Ford arrested after allegedly taking trailer, hitting parked cars

A report that a former employee of Trotter Ford had taken a trailer from the business Monday led to the man’s arrest Wednesday.

Rommie McDonald, 53, had allegedly gone to the business to pick up his tools, then hooked up a trailer and fled, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Thursday.

Detective Michael Roberts said in a probable cause affidavit that when McDonald left with the trailer, it struck two parked vehicles, resulting in damage of more than $500 to each vehicle.

Kizer said the trailer was returned by another individual, and when McDonald was questioned, he allegedly said he thought the trailer belonged to a person he knew, rather than to Trotter Ford.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 bond for McDonald after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with two counts of criminal mischief, and one misdemeanor count of theft of property because the report did not list the value of the trailer.

McDonald said he would hire his own attorney, and was told to come back to court May 15.