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Infuriated by marijuana arrest, Vermont man crushes 7 police cruisers with a tractor

Hillary Alexander
Contributor

On Thursday Roger Pion, 34, of Newport, Vt., ran over five marked police cruisers, one unmarked car and a transport van with a tractor at the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department in Derby, Vt.

Officers were unaware of the situation until neighbors called 911, and by that time it was too late. Half of the entire county’s police cruisers were flattened — and police were unable to immediately apprehend Pion because all of the vehicles parked outside the station were destroyed.

Witnesses believe that Pion was angry about his arrest on July 3 for possession of marijuana and resisting arrest.

“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 to see about the rifles and shotguns,” Sheriff Kirk Martin told The Associated Press.

No one was injured but witnesses were left stunned at what had happened.

“I felt like I was in a monster jam rally or something,” witness Rene Morris told local news station WCAX3, “I just couldn’t believe it, just backing up, going over it, turns around and makes his way to the other vehicles smashes those up. He just did his business and headed right down Route 5.”

Police estimate the damage to be over $250,000.

Pion is currently being held at the Northern State Correctional Center in Newport on a $15,000 bail. He is set to appear in court on Friday and could be facing seven counts of felony unlawful mischief, one count of misdemeanor unlawful mischief, one count of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, one count of gross negligent operation and one count of leaving the scene of an accident.

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