Roger Pion, 34, from Newport, Vermont, decided one day that he wanted to play “Monster Jam Rally” except that he did not drive a monster truck. Pion stole a 10-1/2-foot-high, Case MX 255 dual wheel tractor and has eight wheels with four 6-foot tandem wheels on the back – and Pion used that tractor to crush seven VT Orleans County police cars. Can we say “anger management”?
Although the reason why is not completely clear, it appears that Pion was a bit upset over an arrest on July 3rd on charges of resisting arrest and possession of marijuana. Roger does have a criminal history although none of his crimes were violent.
Pion pulverized five marked cars and two unmarked cars, many of them were the new models only four months old. Estimated damage is between $250,000 to $300,000.
The Sheriff’s Department secretary saw the tractor go by before the rampage, but didn’t think anything about it. Chief Deputy Philip Brooks, Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, said, “I mean it is Vermont….”
News Coverage: Vermont man uses tractor to crush VT Orleans County Police Cars
Because of the sound-proofing of the Sheriff’s Department building, none of the officers or people inside heard the crushing going on right outside their door. Shocked spectators had to call 911 to let them know what was going on out in their parking lot.
The spectacle was witnessed by United Christian Academy senior Mark Quirion, 17, of Coventry, who works at the Mountain Farm View Stand across the road. He noticed the tractor but thought nothing of it, having seen the same piece of machinery travel the same road on prior occasions. When the tractor turned into the sheriff’s station, Mark said, “I saw him back it up some and then drive it up and over the top of one of the cars parked in the lot. It was then that I really knew something very unusual was going on at the sheriff’s station.”
After Pion was finished with his demo-derby, he decided to go for a “joy ride.” Since the fleet of cars were crushed, the officers were unable to chase him down. Pion was eventually arrested a mile and a half away in Newport by other officers.
Pion is facing a slew of charges including, destruction of police property, gross negligent operation — leaving the scene of an accident. He has been jailed for lack of posting a $15,000 bail, and is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday.
It takes all kinds….
Here is some footage showing the demolished cruisers:
Vermont farmer crushes 7 police cars with tractor over pot arrest
Here is a photo of the tractor used to smash the cars as well as Roger Pions mug shot. Below are some photos of the pulverized cruisers….
And a little humor here (added on August 18, 2012)
References and related articles:
Raw Story: Vermont farmer crushes 7 police cars with tractor over pot arrest
WCAX: Vt police cruisers crushed
Burlington Free Press: Police: Farmer unhappy about arrest drives tractor over 7 sheriff’s vehicles
The Newport Daily Express: PULVERIZED!
NY Daily News: Vermont farmer goes CRAZY, smashes 7 police vehicles with massive ’indestructible’ tractor