As you can see from the screenshot above, the Orleans County Sheriff's Department in Vermont did not have a good Thursday. At 12:40 pm yesterday, they received a 911 call that a tractor was running over police cruisers. The location of the crime? Their very own sheriff's barracks! The man behind the wheel of the tractor has been identified as Roger Pion, a Newport, VT farmer who was reportedly angry over a previous arrest for a minor violation.

In a scene that sounds straight out of Hazzard County, the officers stormed outside, but the culprit was gone, and they had no uncrumpled vehicles with which to pursue to Pion. The sheriff's department called in, well, everyone – Vermont State Police, Border Patrol, and Newport City Police, who finally tracked the offender down. Pion was about a mile and a half down the road when they found him, at which point he took off on foot and was soon after apprehended and arrested.

The damage, totaling an estimated $250,000 included six cruisers and an unmarked police van.

While the original offense Pion was upset over was for marijuana possession and resisting arrest, he now reportedly faces charges including aggravated assault, unlawful mischief, gross negligent operation and leaving the scene of an accident.


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      frdhlc
      • 3 Years Ago
      Leaving the site of an accident? That was no accident, he did it on purpose. Accident means accidental. Sounds like a legal loophole to me.
      Rick Cavaretti
      • 3 Years Ago
      Classic story of the individual screaming, 'I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore' versus 'the establishment'. What movie was that line from anyway, can't recall at the moment?
        Leather Bear
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rick Cavaretti
        Network, one of the greatest movies from the '70s and one of my all time favorites. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074958/)
      lucky81
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder if he is a pot farmer?
      dpj1959
      • 3 Years Ago
      There was no leaving the scene of an accident..This was no accident
      Bones Rhodes
      • 3 Years Ago
      "leaving the scene of an accident." ---that one he can claim "not guilty" on since it was an "on purpose".
      OSHP367
      • 3 Years Ago
      How can he leave the scene of an 'accident" when he did it on purpose?
      talari
      • 3 Years Ago
      America's answer to everything....."Let's Outlaw Tractors!"
      ohmypalomino
      • 3 Years Ago
      THE TRACTOR DID IT, NOT THE MAN....PUNISH THE TRACTOR....
      snorinlorin
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think they will have to drop a least the leaving the scene charge. It sure as hell no accident.
      lovelaurie
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah, marijuana relaxes...whoops!
      phpoling
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sorry but I'm still laughing hard! This farmer must be very, very angry when he had done that but drove away happy
      Pharmville Phanatic
      • 3 Years Ago
      To all the people flabbergasted as to why many commenters are rooting for the farmer: yes, what he did was extreme, but the fact that most of the town is cheering him on as a hero should tell you something! The locals know more about this situation than we do, and if they are happy about what happened, even though their police force is temporarily disabled, then obviously there are some serious problems going on up there with the cops. Now I don't have anything against the police, they are quite esesential and many of them are heroes in my eyes, but I also know how cops in small rural areas can be pretty bad sometimes, and something here smells fishy. Also, in the meantime I don't think the town will be hurting too bad, I can't imagine too much crime goes on in a rural vermont town:-p
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