Cruisers Crushed

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A Vermont man charged with driving a tractor over seven police vehicles and crushing them has been found incompetent to stand trial.

Roger Pion,  of Newport, had already been involuntarily committed to the custody of the state commissioner of mental health.

A Vermont man, who authorities say was angry over an arrest and used his tractor like a monster truck to drive over seven police vehicles, is being held on $50,000 bail.

During a court appearance Friday in Newport, 34-year-old Roger Pion invoked his right to delay entering a plea to the 14 charges filed against him for allegedly crushing seven vehicles belonging to the Orleans County sheriff's department.

Damage is estimated to be at least $250,000.

Pion was apparently angry over his recent arrest on resisting arrest and marijuana possession charges.

Vermont authorities say a man was arrested after driving a large farm tractor over several sheriffs' cruisers, crushing them.

Television station WCAX reports that a man was arrested shortly after the midday incident, in which no one was injured but several cruisers were apparently destroyed.

Scott Wheeler, publisher of the Northland Journal, says the incident occurred outside the headquarters of the Orleans County Sheriff's Department in Newport.

Several sheriffs' cruisers and a Newport City Police car were crushed by the tractor.