Man charged in cruiser crushing nabbed again

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NEWPORT (AP) -- A Vermont man awaiting trial for allegedly crushing seven sheriffs’ vehicles with a farm tractor is facing a new charge of violating conditions of release.

Thirty-five-year-old Roger Pion of Newport was arrested by Vermont State Police on Monday. His lawyer, Chandler Matson, says Pion’s conditions of release require that if he leaves his home, he’s supposed to be accompanied by one or both of his parents.

Matson says the allegation is that Pion was spotted in downtown Newport without either of his parents, but that Pion denies the allegation.

Police say Pion was angry about an earlier arrest for marijuana possession when he drove his father’s tractor over six police cruisers and a transport van owned by the Orleans County Sheriffs’ Department.

Pion has pleaded not guilty to those charges.


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