The man who became an internet sensation for his ‘monster truck-like’ response to a marijuana possession arrest will not be prosecuted.
Roger Pion, the 36-year-old Vermont man who demolished seven police cars with a tractor will not be prosecuted on the charges related to that incident. In 2012, following a marijuana possession arrest, Pion decided to fight back, and drove his father’s tractor to the police station where he went on a rampage with the vehicle, causing $300,000 in damage to government property, but hurting no one.
“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,” Sheriff Kirk Martin said after the incident.
Witness Rene Morris told WCAX that, “It felt like I was in a Monster Jam rally or something, I just couldn’t believe it. He’s backing up, going over it, turns around, makes his way to the other vehicles smashes those up, did his business and headed right down Route 5.”
Police officers at the station reported that they had just finished washing their cars moments before the tractor drove onto their parking lot and crushed more than half of the cars in their fleet. After he was pleased with the job that he had done, Pion casually drone on down the street at tractor speeds, until police eventually caught up with him and arrested him a mile away from the scene.
At the time of his arrest, Pion was facing seven counts of felony unlawful mischief, one count of misdemeanor unlawful mischief, one count of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, one count of gross negligent operation, and one count of leaving the scene of an accident.
Following the arrest, Pion became an internet hero who was widely celebrated by people across the country who sympathized with his frustration in the justice system.
According to The Caledonian Record, Pion entered an insanity plea in his defense, which the prosecution finally accepted this week. However, Pion will be forced to undergo some sort of mental evaluation and rehabilitation as a part of the agreement that he made with the state.
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