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article imageAngry farmer smashes 7 police cars with tractor

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By Brian LaSorsa     Aug 2, 2012 in Crime
Newport - Authorities say a farmer took to the streets with his tractor Thursday afternoon, smashing seven police vehicles during the joy ride.
Roger Pion, 34, of Newport, Vt. was taken into custody after eventually exiting the tractor, which one man at the scene described as having four six-foot wheels and weighing at least 15 tons. A separate witness estimates the tires were 15 feet tall.
Pion allegedly demolished seven vehicles owned by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department before conceding to arrest. Another unmarked vehicle belonging to the department’s bookkeeper was damaged as Pion’s tractor easily pushed past it in order to get to the others.
No one was injured, but unfortunately the department only owned eleven vehicles in total.
“It’s more than half our fleet,” said Chief Deputy Sheriff Phil Brooks, according to the Burlington Free Press.
Police Chief Seth DiSanto reported that Pion was also arrested in early July on charges of marijuana possession and resisting arrest. Pion is due in court for the charges next Tuesday, and many witnesses are speculating the tractor demolition derby was in direct response to his anger over the preceding arrests.
It is still unclear whether Pion has been assigned an attorney.
The Orleans County Sheriff’s Department plans to hold a news conference at 3 p.m. Friday afternoon.
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