Roger Pion of Newport, Vermont is in a bit of trouble after deciding to get revenge on the local police department by driving his tractor over their squad cars. Well, he drove over seven of them, crushing them. That represented more than half their fleet.
The police did not even know that the event was happening until they got a 911 call and heard a horn blaring outside the station. Chief Deputy Philip Brooks had to run to a nearby service station to get one of the remaining cars. At the time it was being worked on. Brooks stated “We had nothing to pursue him with. It’s more than half our fleet. We have 11 cars.”
Pion was eventually caught about one mile from the Sheriff’s office and arrested on 11 charges. He is now being held at the Northern State Correctional Center in Newport on $15,000 bail.
He is expected in court today to face seven counts of felony unlawful mischief, one misdemeanor count of unlawful mischief on suspicion of damaging the cars, one charge of leaving the scene of an accident, one count of grossly negligent operation and aggravated assault on Newport City police after he allegedly tried to back the tractor into a city cruiser while being pursued.
Pion was arrested last month on charges of resisting arrest and possession of marijuana. He was cited and ordered to appear in Superior Court next Tuesday.
No one was hurt in the incident, but the damage may be as high as $250,000. According to Sheriff Kirk Martin “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. The radios are ruined.”