Police: Vt. farmer crushed cop cars with tractor

6:15 PM, Aug 2, 2012   |    comments
Sheriff officers walk past crushed cruisers at the Orleans County Sheriff's Department in Newport, Vt., Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. A man in a large farm tractor crushed multiple cruisers at the department. (Burlington Free Press/Vermont Northland Journal/Scott Wheeler)
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NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) - Authorities say a Vermont farmer angry over a recent arrest used a large tractor like a monster truck, destroying seven police cruisers parked outside a sheriff's office.

Police say 34-year-old Roger Pion was taken into custody shortly after the episode Thursday afternoon outside the Orleans County Sheriff's Department in Newport. No one was injured.

Police say Pion was angry about his arrest last month on charges of resisting arrest and marijuana possession.

A phone number for Pion can't be located, and police don't know if he has an attorney.

Chief Deputy Sheriff Phil Brooks tells The Burlington Free Press  that Pion crushed more than half the department's fleet: five marked cruisers and two unmarked vehicles, including a van.

One witness estimates the tractor's rear tires were 15 feet high.

(Burlington Free Press)

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