|The smashed police cars|
A man retaliated against the police by smashing up their vehicles.
Roger Pion, a Vermont man, who was angry after an arrest, allegedly used his tractor to drive over seven police vehicles on Thursday. He is expected in court today.
According to police, Pion, 34, took out his big tractor after getting angry for his arrest for resisting arrest and marijuana possession last month. He used his tractor to roll through police vehicles, five marked cruisers, an unmarked car and a transport van.
Members of the Orleans County sheriff working inside their building on Thursday did not know what was happening until a neighbor called police. Police did not hear the commotion outside because their air conditioners were humming.
When police ran out the tractor was on the path of entry and exit road. Police said the man could not be pursued because their cars were all crushed.
"We had nothing to chase him with," Chief Deputy Philip Brooks said.
Newport City police found Pion a short distance away late on Thursday.
Pion now faces numerous charges including several counts of felony unlawful harm and one count of aggravated assault on an officer of law enforcement. He is being held at the Northern Correctional Facility in Newport State on $15,000 bail and is expected to appear in court on Friday.
Sheriff Kirk Martin estimated the damage to vehicles to be more than $300,000. The state police put it at more than $250,000. No one was injured.
"No one was injured. That's the main thing," said Martin.