Tractor-Driving Farmer Runs Over Every Cop Car in Police Station Parking Lot

Allegedly unhappy about being arrested recently on marijuana possession and resisting arrest charges, a Vermont farmer armed himself with a tractor and proceeded to flatten seven police cruisers in the Orleans County Sheriff's Department parking lot.

With every last one of their cars squashed, deputies were unable to chase suspect Roger Pion, 34, down as he drove away. "We had nothing to pursue him with," Chief Deputy Philip Brooks told the Associated Press.

Police in Newport eventually tracked Pion down and arrested him.

No injuries were reported, but the cruisers were totaled. "The radios are ruined, the radar detectors, the cages in the cars," Sheriff Kirk Martin said. "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."

All told, Pion's rampage caused some $300,000 in damage and took out half the department's fleet.

In a statement, Vermont State Police said Pion was charged with several crimes including felony and misdemeanor unlawful mischief (multiple counts), aggravated assault, gross negligent operation, and leaving the scene of an accident.

He was booked into Newport's Northern State Correctional Center, where he is currently being held on $15,000 bail.

[screengrab via WCAX, video via WPTZ]