Aw man, great story!
Police: Vermont man crushed cop cars with tractor
Published : Friday, 03 Aug 2012, 5:10 AM MDT
DAVE GRAM,Associated Press
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Working in a stout former bank building with windows closed and air conditioners humming, Orleans County sheriff's deputies didn't know what was happening in their parking lot until a neighbor called 911.
A man on a big farm tractor, angry about his recent arrest for resisting arrest and marijuana possession, was rolling across their vehicles — five marked cruisers, one unmarked car and a transport van.
By the time they ran outside, the tractor was down the driveway and out onto the road.
With their vehicles crushed, "We had nothing to pursue him with," said Chief Deputy Philip Brooks.
Thursday afternoon's incident ended when city police in Newport, the county seat of the northern Vermont county, caught up with Roger Pion, 34, a short distance away.
No one was injured. At least two deputies had gone inside a few moments before after washing their vehicles, officials said.
"Nobody was hurt. That's the thing everybody's got to cherish," said Sheriff Kirk Martin.
Vermont State Police said in a statement that Pion would face seven counts of felony unlawful mischief, one count of misdemeanor unlawful mischief, one count aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, one count of gross negligent operation, and one count of leaving the scene of an accident.
Pion was being held at the Northern State Correctional Center in Newport on $15,000 bail.
Sheriffs said they did not know if Pion had a lawyer. A phone number for him could not be located.
Martin estimated damage to the vehicles at more than $300,000; state police put it at more than $250,000.
Not only were their roofs and hoods caved in, but "the radios are ruined, the radar detectors, the cages in the cars ... We're going to have to get the jaws of life up here to pry the trunks open and see about the rifles and shotguns," Martin said.
Brooks said the destroyed vehicles constituted more than half the fleet of sheriff's cruisers in the rural county on the Canadian border. Others were out on patrol at the time of the incident.
Bet he fell down the steps and opened the charge room door with his head.
"Take this, brother; may it serve you well."
I'm sure he's hurting from several self inflicted wounds by now.
Please provide follow-on news identifying the particular medical problem rendering the Vermont driver incapable of controling his tractor.
Inquiring minds are also concerned whether the runaway tractor was properly "green" and using non-fossil fuel?
Unfortunately this accident will likely result in an increase in the operator's tractor/auto insurance rates.
Best wishes for his rapid recovery.
Last edited by Papa; 5th August 2012 at 01:17.
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Tit-for-tat. As always.
Humanity needs to chill the fuck out.
I sleep in the daytime, I
Work in the night time, I
Might not ever get home
He'll pay for doing it but I'm sure it was pretty enjoyable for him when he was smashing those cars. Roger Pion, 34, of Newport, Vt., allegedly used his red tractor to crush seven of the town’s only 11 police cruisers, monster truck-style, while they were parked outside of the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday afternoon. I found this here: Vermont Man crushes seven police cars with tractor. Click the link to see more updates.
He is still lucky as no one was hurt. It could be another charge of attempting murder or worst murder if someone died. Police sources estimate the damage to the vehicles and the equipment inside them at about a quarter of a million dollars. It seems Pion may have a running grievance with the law enforcement personnel in his little town. According to CBS News, he was arrested last month for charges of possessing marijuana and resisting arrest.