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Vermont farmer crushed cop cars with tractor, police say
http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2012/08/vermont_farmer_crushed_cop_car.html ^ | 8/2/12 | Dave Gram

Posted on 08/03/2012 5:37:26 AM PDT by cotton1706

Working in a stout former bank building with windows closed and air conditioners humming, Orleans County, Vt., sheriff's deputies didn't know what was happening in their parking lot until a neighbor called 911. A man on a big farm tractor, angry about his recent arrest for resisting arrest and marijuana possession, was rolling across their vehicles -- five marked cruisers, one unmarked car and a transport van. By the time they ran outside, the tractor was down the driveway and out onto the road.

Thursday afternoon's incident ended when city police in Newport, the county seat of the northern Vermont county, caught up with Roger Pion, 34, a short distance away.

No one was injured. At least two deputies had gone inside a few moments before after washing their vehicles, officials said.

"Nobody was hurt. That's the thing everybody's got to cherish," said Sheriff Kirk Martin.

Vermont State Police said in a statement that Pion would face 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.

Pion was being held at the Northern State Correctional Center in Newport on $15,000 bail.

Sheriffs said they did not know if Pion had a lawyer. A phone number for him could not be located.

Martin estimated damage to the vehicles at more than $300,000; state police put it at more than $250,000.

Not only were their roofs and hoods caved in, but "the radios are ruined, the radar detectors, the cages in the cars ... 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," Martin said.

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Right or wrong, people have had it!
1 posted on 08/03/2012 5:37:33 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Why do police cars have radar detectors?


2 posted on 08/03/2012 5:42:03 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: tacticalogic

Why do peace officers drive around with huge caches of assault weapons in their trunks?


3 posted on 08/03/2012 5:43:25 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: tacticalogic

Why do peace officers drive around with huge caches of high powered assault weapons in their trunks?


4 posted on 08/03/2012 5:43:51 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2
Because they can? After all, who are we to tell them they can't? We aren't cop, we're little people.

Yeah... I'm getting fed up with that attitude too... Any idea on where I can get a good deal on a really big tractor?

5 posted on 08/03/2012 5:45:35 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Paladin2

Why, to subjugate the people of course!


6 posted on 08/03/2012 5:46:08 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Arrested for pot possession. Title should read, “Another left-wing hippie goes postal.” No doubt he’s been smoking a little to much of what he’s been farming.


7 posted on 08/03/2012 5:46:40 AM PDT by Thane_Banquo (Support hate crime laws: Because some victims are more equal than others.)
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To: cotton1706
"people have had it"

What is "it" that people have had?

8 posted on 08/03/2012 5:48:12 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: cotton1706

We need bigger tractors.


9 posted on 08/03/2012 5:48:12 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Going mobile, posts will be brief. No spellcheck for the grammar nazis.)
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To: cotton1706

“and one count of leaving the scene of an accident.”

Don’t see how this count will hold... Where was the accident?


10 posted on 08/03/2012 5:48:55 AM PDT by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: cotton1706

This man did an immense public service.


11 posted on 08/03/2012 5:49:07 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: cotton1706
"...and one count of leaving the scene of an accident."

It's kind of difficult to argue that any "accident" occurred. Some vandalism occurred, but it was no accident.

12 posted on 08/03/2012 5:49:18 AM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: babygene

Stupid cops don’t seem to know the difference between an accident and an “on purpose”.


13 posted on 08/03/2012 5:51:03 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: cotton1706

If it were up to me this guy would have to come up with $300,000 to cover damage to taxpayers’ property ... his farm might cover at least the down payment.


14 posted on 08/03/2012 5:54:56 AM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: driftless2
Buzzcuts and attitute! LOL!

If these cars had those seizure inducing, drum solo light shows on them, then this tractor driver did a huge public service.

15 posted on 08/03/2012 5:57:03 AM PDT by southern rock
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To: Thane_Banquo

I’d want more information before I’d be willing to state that as fact. People have been busted over feral “ditchweed” hemp they didn’t even know was there. Tight budgets and the possibility of getting the proceeds from an asset forfeiture can make you a juicy target.


16 posted on 08/03/2012 5:57:55 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Paladin2
Why do peace officers drive around with huge caches of high powered assault weapons in their trunks?

Your dog is hard to kill.

17 posted on 08/03/2012 6:03:49 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: cotton1706

Sounds like something Burt Reynolds would do to Jackie Gleason.

Wonder if he was yelling “Yeehaw” the whole time. (or whatever the New England equivalent is)


18 posted on 08/03/2012 6:05:23 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: cotton1706
...angry about his recent arrest for resisting arrest and marijuana possession...

I wonder if he smoked a fatty and was TOTALLY baked when he drove through the parking lot?

19 posted on 08/03/2012 6:06:15 AM PDT by Mr. Quarterpanel (I am not an actor, but I play one on TV)
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To: cotton1706

Since 99% of all government in this country has gone to the dark side and are the enemies of the people, I have to side with the farmer.


20 posted on 08/03/2012 6:07:17 AM PDT by microgood
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To: Thane_Banquo
Arrested for pot possession. Title should read, “Another left-wing hippie goes postal.” No doubt he’s been smoking a little to much of what he’s been farming.

There are a few libertarian FReepers who might be displeased by that statement.

21 posted on 08/03/2012 6:07:36 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: cotton1706

Roger Pion, who was recently arrested by Newport police, is accused of using a large tractor to smash seven Orleans County Sheriff's Department vehicles Thursday afternoon, including these two cruisers. Damage was estimated at about $250,000. / Courtesy Photo/Vermont State Police

Link with video:
http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20120802/NEWS07/308020022/Demolition-derby-Newport?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Cimg%7CFRONTPAGE&nclick_check=1

22 posted on 08/03/2012 6:09:59 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: cotton1706

” one count aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer”

Who might that be?

They said there was no one in the cars..


23 posted on 08/03/2012 6:15:07 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: cotton1706

If he wanted to get even, he should have run over their personal cars.


24 posted on 08/03/2012 6:17:47 AM PDT by kenavi (Obama doesn't hate private equity. He wants to be it with our money.)
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To: babygene
Don’t see how this count will hold... Where was the accident?

Nope. No accident. Quite on purpose. Do they have a "leaving the scene of a purpose" charge?

25 posted on 08/03/2012 6:17:59 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: P.O.E.
Wonder if he was yelling “Yeehaw” the whole time. (or whatever the New England equivalent is)

Take that, the South! LOL! Dukes of Hazzard my butt. !!

26 posted on 08/03/2012 6:19:40 AM PDT by southern rock
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To: tacticalogic

Good question. Cops NEVER exceed the speed limit when they’re on routine patrol, or using their cop cars for personal business.


27 posted on 08/03/2012 6:26:01 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: cotton1706

It has been awhile back but one day a state cop came on our property with his lights on and stopped my husband who was on a tractor. OMG! That poor cop.

The stupid idiot said that my husband was making dust.


28 posted on 08/03/2012 6:26:16 AM PDT by tiki
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To: cotton1706
Another dangerous assault tractor.
29 posted on 08/03/2012 6:27:54 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: thackney

I see an image from future events...

Its cars with Internal Revenue Service on them.


30 posted on 08/03/2012 6:31:15 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Going mobile, posts will be brief. No spellcheck for the grammar nazis.)
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To: cotton1706

Probably one of those black “assault tractors” with high capacity gas tanks.


31 posted on 08/03/2012 6:33:38 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: P.O.E.

A Vermonter would be most likely to maintain a steel, stoic gaze, perhaps only allowing a light smirk and even a cross between a chuckle and a cackle only after observing his finished handiwork.

Which reminds me of something from E.B. White:

To the world, a Yankee is an American
To an American, a Yankee is a northerner
To a northerner, a Yankee is from New England
To a New Englander, a Yankee is from Vermont
To a Vermonter, a Yankee is someone who has pie for breakfast


32 posted on 08/03/2012 6:34:07 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I love to hear you talk talk talk, but I hate what I hear you say."-Del Shannon)
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To: Dr. Sivana

He was singing ‘’Green Acres” along with Ava Gabor as they smoked some weed and some cop cars.


33 posted on 08/03/2012 6:41:05 AM PDT by shadeaud ( “Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8”. Just doing my duty a Christian)
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To: Dead Corpse

“Any idea on where I can get a good deal on a really big tractor?”

http://www.bigiron4sale.com/


34 posted on 08/03/2012 6:41:53 AM PDT by antisocial (Texas SCV - Deo Vindice)
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To: microgood

me too, I side with the farmer.


35 posted on 08/03/2012 6:50:51 AM PDT by coon2000 (Give me Liberty or give me death!)
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To: Dr. Sivana
To a Vermonter, a Yankee is someone who has pie for breakfast

To a pie eater, a Yankee is one who has apple pie with a slice of jack cheese for breakfast.

Mmm,mmm, but try getting that in TX.

36 posted on 08/03/2012 6:51:32 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

A picture showed the tractor to be a fairly large IH Case, but I’m surprised it wasn’t done with something bigger like an articulating Steiger or such. I’m actually amazed a nonarticulating piece of equipment was big enough to do that.


37 posted on 08/03/2012 6:51:51 AM PDT by MachIV
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To: thackney
Yep, that's crushed alright.

/johnny

38 posted on 08/03/2012 6:57:03 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: cotton1706

This guy is gonna be in a world of hurt, but I gotta laugh at this...somehow I can’t feel sorry for the cops in this.

I’ve thought I would like to have an old WWI or WWII tank, operational (no need for weaponry) that I could use when the SHTF and they start coming for whatever...just roll it down the drive and crush ‘em. And maybe have a big dozer blade on the front to then push ‘em out of the way.


39 posted on 08/03/2012 7:00:37 AM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

“Which reminds me of something from E.B. White:

To the world, a Yankee is an American
To an American, a Yankee is a northerner
To a northerner, a Yankee is from New England
To a New Englander, a Yankee is from Vermont
To a Vermonter, a Yankee is someone who has pie for breakfast”

“Pot” pie?


40 posted on 08/03/2012 7:01:58 AM PDT by pingman ("Human history seems logical in afterthought, but a mystery in forethought." (Strauss & Howe))
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To: tiki

My guess is the cop flunked science.


41 posted on 08/03/2012 7:02:28 AM PDT by meatloaf (Support Senate S 1863 & House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: P.O.E.

That might explain why this Yankee story is in the (New Orleans) Times Picayune.


42 posted on 08/03/2012 7:24:22 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: Bigh4u2
Who might that be?

They said there was no one in the cars..

Although I have no evidence of this, I assumed that came when the cops caught up with him.

43 posted on 08/03/2012 8:05:25 AM PDT by tnlibertarian (Government's solution to everything: Less freedom.)
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To: P.O.E.

That is right down the street from my Mom.

I guess he might have said, “aaaayaaaup” afterwards.

The don’t yell and scream much up there.

Aging been given a few lectures on driving from those cops, I must say the story made me smile.

And, pot growing in corn fields for personal consumption has been going on for eons.


44 posted on 08/03/2012 8:14:42 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (I just hate our government. All of them. Republican and Democrat.)
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To: cotton1706

And for those who don’t know...that part of Vermont is NOT the fancy Stowe/Burlington idiots. pretty much FDR dem’s...certainly not whack job Howard Dean Dems.


45 posted on 08/03/2012 8:17:00 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (I just hate our government. All of them. Republican and Democrat.)
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To: thackney

LOL. great photos. Too bad they knew who did it.


46 posted on 08/03/2012 8:21:47 AM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: cotton1706; Dead Corpse; Thane_Banquo; Eye of Unk; Gaffer; Farmer Dean; layman; JimRed; ...

It’s too bad that one of the police officers wasn’t in the 2nd or 3rd squad car and saw the tractor coming at him off the other cars, I would love for this story to end the way it did with the Muslim on a bulldozer in Jerusalem awhile back....you know with a police officer climbing up the tractor and emptying his sidearm pistol into the a$$hole’s cranium.

I hope the insurance company sues the “farmer” and wins every bit of land and equipment he owns.

Now, this “farmer” gets to spend several years in prison, as well as lose his farm and equipment, when instead he could’ve probably fought & won the allegedly bogus minor charges he was already upset about.

Yep, great decision making skills......he really showed those police. Ooooh boy!


47 posted on 08/03/2012 10:03:37 AM PDT by brent13a
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To: brent13a
All over a plant the FedGov has zero legit authority to criminalize...

Nice going Ace. Freedom? Personal responsibility? Constitutional law?

Not on your watch...

48 posted on 08/03/2012 10:14:57 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: brent13a

Yea that sounds reasonable. Kill someone for damaging empty cars. If the farmer had a dog they could have shot it as well.


49 posted on 08/03/2012 10:17:40 AM PDT by coon2000 (Give me Liberty or give me death!)
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To: cotton1706; Dead Corpse; Thane_Banquo; Eye of Unk; Gaffer; Farmer Dean; layman; JimRed; ...
Right or wrong, people have had it!

I guess it's too bad for you that Bill Ayers and the WU aren't operational anymore. You know, so they could go around and blow up some police cars and police departments because the PEOPLE have had it!
50 posted on 08/03/2012 10:37:21 AM PDT by brent13a
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