NEWPORT, Vt. (The Blaze/AP) — A Vermont man, who authorities say was angry over an arrest and used his tractor to drive over seven police vehicles, is expected in court.
State Police say 34-year-old Roger Pion (PEE’-on) was taken into custody in Newport on Thursday, shortly after he allegedly crushed the Orleans County sheriff’s vehicles. Estimated damage was at least $250,000.
He was apparently mad over his recent arrest on resisting arrest and marijuana possession charges.
Sheriff’s deputies working inside their building didn’t know what was happening until a neighbor called 911. They didn’t hear the ruckus outside because their air conditioners were humming. They said they couldn’t pursue the man because their cars were crushed.
However, the New York Daily News notes he eventually led police on a “low speed chase”:
Roger Pion – pronounced pee-on – of Newport, Vermont, drove his massive tractor over seven vehicles in the parking lot of the local Sheriff’s Department Thursday afternoon, leaving them looking like they were crushed by a monster truck.
Pion, 34, then led cops on a low speed chase through town before being apprehended a mile away.
Pion was arrested last month for resisting arrest and possession of marijuana, according to Orleans County Chief Deputy Sheriff Phil Brooks, an arrest that clearly put a crimp in the “livin (sic) n love having fun” quote listed as his favorite on his Facebook page.
The Newport Daily Express says many officers pursued the 10 1/2 foot high, Case MX 255 Tractor on foot.
“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,” one witness told the Express. “It was then that I really knew something very unusual was going on at the sheriff’s station.”
Pion faces numerous charges. He’s expected to appear in court Friday. Authorities didn’t know if he had a lawyer.