Man Crushes Cop Cars With Tractor, Makes Slow GetawayBy: Amanda Crum - August 3, 2012
A man in Vermont apparently got angry about his arrest for marijuana possession and figured he’d get back at the people who put him in jail by destroying their cars. The problem is, he used a tractor to do it, then made a less-than speedy getaway on it.
34-year old Roger Pion was obviously counting on getting caught (we hope), because he took his time crushing five police cruisers parked right in front of the Orleans County Police Department earlier this week, doing around $250,000 worth of damage. He rolled up and over the cars, destroying most of them and rendering a bunch of expensive gear–including radar detectors and radios–FUBAR.
We’re going to have to get the jaws of life up here to pry the trunks open and see about the rifles and shotguns,” Sheriff Kirk Martin said.
While no one was hurt in the incident, thankfully, the department is now without about half of its cruiser fleet, which poses a significant problem on the streets. Still, it could have been worse; the other cars were out on patrol and escaped any damage.
“We had nothing to pursue him with,” Martin said.
Luckily for them, the man was on a tractor. It didn’t take long for them to catch up to him a few miles down the road (on foot?) and arrest him on “seven counts of felony unlawful mischief, one count of misdemeanor unlawful mischief, one count aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, one count of gross negligent operation, and one count of leaving the scene of an accident”, according to a statement from the Vermont State Police. He is currently being held on $15,000 bail.