Plow the Lot: Angry Farmer Flattens Seven Police Cars with Tractor in Vermont

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Taylor Reed / The Caledonian-Record / AP

In this Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 photo, a crushed cruiser sits at the Orleans County Sheriff's Department in Newport, Vt.

It was a scene straight out of a monster truck derby, but it happened in the parking lot of a Vermont police station. A local farmer, likely upset over his recent arrest for marijuana possession and resisting arrest, took his frustration out on the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department.

Police say Roger Pion, 34, careened the tractor through the parking lot, flattening the neatly lined-up squad cars. The officers inside the headquarters were unaware of the damage being done, until a 911 call summoned them to their very own parking lot.  When they left the building to survey the damage, they saw seven of their vehicles laying in ruin – five marked cruisers, one unmarked car and a transport van.

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“It’s more than half our fleet. We have 11 cars,” Chief Deputy Sheriff Phil Brooks told the Burlington Free Press. Their first thought was to catch up with the demolition derby driver, but that task wasn’t so simple. Pion hadn’t driven very far in the lumbering, slow-moving tractor, but “[we] had nothing to pursue him with,” Brooks told the Associated Press. Before they could track down another sheriff’s cruiser, the department got word that local Newport City police had stopped the tractor two miles away in the small city of 5,000 people located just 10 miles from the Canadian border.

“It was a massive tractor. It has four 6-foot tandem wheels on the back,” Newport Express Publisher Ken Wells told the Free Press. “It must be at least a 15-ton tractor.” The seven cars that were crushed were worth an estimated $250,000 according to the Vermont State Police. Pion has been charged on 14 counts, including seven of felony unlawful mischief for each vehicle flattened.

But the irony is Pion’s original (and lesser) alleged crime had nothing to do with the Orleans County Sheriff. Pion’s pot arrest came from the Newport City police on July 3, who told him appear in court next Tuesday. That appearance has been all but crushed now as Pion sits in a local jail, booked on $50,000 bail.

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Duckhorseshit Vermont
Duckhorseshit Vermont

U.S. Marijuana Party 2012 political candidate,

Cris Ericson for U.S. Senator for Vermont

(running against incumbent Bernie Sanders),

went on TV Aug. 2, 2012 and explained that it is

not right for the government to call it a "war on drugs"

because it is really a "civil war against peoples' right

to choose" and she asked voters to "do your

revolutionary best".  Earlier that same day, Roger

Pion drove his red farm tractor right over 7 police

vehicles like a monster truck rally because they

had arrested him last month for marijuana. 

Cris Ericson USMJP.com on CCTV talking about

MARIJUANA:

http://www.cctv.org/watch-tv/p...

Sandra LaMontagne Butler
Sandra LaMontagne Butler

I think the government is trying to squash this news story because everywhere I've gone to so far either doesn't have sound on the video, the video is no longer available, or they have disabled comments. 

Obi wan Kenobi
Obi wan Kenobi

Busted for marijuana possession. What hypocrisy!

 

JeannieCollum
JeannieCollum

AMAZING ...ALL THAT BECAUSE HE WAS ARRESTED FOR POT...THAT IS CRAZY AND IM SURE ALL THE  ACTIVIST FOR MEDICAL WEED IS PROUD OF THIS HEAD...ALL THAT  BS THEY BEEN PREACHING ABOUT ITS A NATURAL MEDICINE FOR HUNDREDS OF BULLSHIT MEDICAL ISSUES THEY USE TO COVER THE REAL NEED TO FOR WEED..AND THAT TO GET HIGHHHHHH...LOOKS LIKE TO ME IT CAUSES VIOLENT BEHAVIOR IN THOSE DIE HARD JOINT TOKERS AND CAUSES THEM TO HATE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS..IM GLAD HE DIDNT RUN OVER ONE OF THE COPS WHILE HE HAVING THIS ANGRY FIT AND WITHDRAWELS FROM HIS ADDICTION OF POT..AND IM GLAD HE DIDNT DO THIS IS ALABAMA BECAUSE IM SURE HE WOULD OF GOT HURT OR KILLED..

f_galton
f_galton

We've all wanted to do something like this at one time or another.