Vermont Farmer Drives Tractor Over 7 Police Vehicles
A Vermont farmer who was arrested last month expressed his displeasure Thursday by driving a heavy tractor over seven police vehicles, authorities said.
State police estimated the damage to the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department vehicles at about $250,000. No one was hurt.
Roger Pion, 34, was being held at the Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport to await arraignment Friday morning on 11 charges. Bail was set at $15,000.
“It’s more than half our fleet. We have 11 cars,” Chief Deputy Sheriff Phil Brooks told the Burlington Free Press.
He said all the vehicles were insured. Brooks estimated that the cruisers averaged about $40,000 fully equipped.
“It was a massive tractor. It has four 6-foot tandem wheels on the back. It was red. It must be at least a 15-ton tractor,” Newport Express Publisher Ken Wells said shortly after the incident. The tractor had slightly smaller tandem tires on the front.