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Vermont Cruiser Crusher Pleads Not Guilty

August 07, 2012  | 

Screenshot via WPTZ.
Screenshot via WPTZ.

The Vermont farmer accused of flattening seven Orleans County Sheriff's cruiser in a tractor rampage pleaded not guilty to the charges on Tuesday and remains in custody with a $50,000 bail.

Roger Pion, 34, pleaded not guilty to 13 charges stemming from the attack, which investigators say was a result of Pion's rage about a recent arrest.

Pion's lawyer, David Sleigh, argued the most serious allegation of trying to assault law enforcement officers with a weapon should be tossed, claiming Pion never wanted to injure anyone with the tractor, reports NECN.

Related:

Angry Vt. Farmer Charged with Driving Tractor Over 7 Sheriff's Vehicles

Tags: Orleans County (Vt.) Sheriff, Heavy Equipment Rampages, Managing a Police Fleet


Comments (14)

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baj @ 8/7/2012 7:38 PM

Why would a judge even allow a not guilty plea, both the judge and the attorney should be up for review. Hopefully when the defendant loses the case, he should also be responsible for all cost of the courts and associated cost in trying the case.

Some one help me understand that when you are caught doing illegal something without doubt, how can you plead not guilty?

Adrian Stroud @ 8/7/2012 7:48 PM

I'm surprised he wasn't shot at, or was he? Didn't he attemp assault on officers with a weapon?

Curt Dennis @ 8/7/2012 7:48 PM

This moron was observed running over the cars with the tractor.
He was the one driving the tractor away from the crime scene.
He tried to run over the officers who stopped him.

The county now has to pay to replace the cruisers (and they DIDN'T even arrest this retard in the first place!)

AND NOW THIS TURD WANT'S THE COUNTY TO PAY FOR A TRIAL.....

betcha he asks (ed) for a public defender.... any takers?

GOD I LOVE THIS COUNTRY!! (mumble mumblemumble)

Adrian Stroud @ 8/7/2012 7:52 PM

When the guy in California stole the tank, the police took him out.

Alex @ 8/7/2012 8:11 PM

Reg "baj" comment,
the reason is: this is America, because no one is guilty until tried. As unreasonable as it may seem, it is what makes this country the greatest nation in the world. "Innocent until proven guitly." It' s the difference between the United States and, oh say Iran.
I don't like this idiot any more than you do, but to say that he "has" to plead guilty that's just not in line with the great American way of doing things :)

Sharon @ 8/8/2012 5:02 AM

Thank you, Alex, YES, Thank God we still have some of those first Ammendment rights, as annoying as it is, at times! Sometimes, there's a rouge policeman who's bored and harrasses people, just so they can arrest someone! I had one young guy tell me that he would tail people till they got nervous enough to make a driving error and would ticket them, because he was bored! We should find out the whole story. News reports OFTEN leave out important details, and, the mainstream media is certainly bias, like saying the Joker in Colo was a 54 yo, belonging to the Tea Party, when he was a WSO!

Sharon D @ 8/8/2012 5:17 AM

It is a formaility to plead not guilty. It gives both the prosecutor and defender time to read through the charges, meet with the client, and decide what is true/not true. Then they have the time to work with the prosecutor's office to work on a plea.

Even as a prosecutor, I would want that time to read through all statements and make sure I knew exactly what charges would be best.

ChiefJohn @ 8/8/2012 5:59 AM

Lets wait and see if he is responsible to replace the units he destroyed. A new police Charger fully equipped is around $30,000.00 with equipment & radios. If he has to pay the $210,000.00 , they should auction off everything he owns, including his tractor and underwear to pay up! If not, we will see this again, because there is no true penalty.

Hunter*2020 @ 8/8/2012 6:17 AM

This is an example of Vermont's LIBERAL "Legal" system at it's FINEST !!! He evidently did not mean to do it and he is the victim. WOW...Right?

greg @ 8/8/2012 8:14 AM

Just get a judgement and put a lien on his farm, and it's equipment until it is either a debt paid in full or auctioned out from under him to reimburse the taxpayers.

c. britt @ 8/8/2012 8:16 AM

He does not need to be driving anything any more.

Dan @ 8/8/2012 8:19 AM

How many times have you wished that your victim would take up for himself and not just "be a victim"?

True enough to the post above, we don't know the whole story.

If you see it as mischief, maybe consider it free speech and a personal protest. Bravo, he gets a little fame and faces the consequences. The S.O. gets new equipment.

Nobody got hurt. Think "Fried Green Tomatoes".

udaman @ 8/9/2012 7:21 PM

Major Nadal Hassan was observed murdering 13 people in cold blood. Jared the nut job from Tucson was observed murdering numerous people. Why are they getting trials? Because it is the way our justice system works. How about the more than numerous stories of Police Officers doing something illegal? Should they get trials or go straight to jail?

Laura @ 8/11/2012 5:56 AM

Pleading "Not Guilty" gives him the chance at trial to present evidence on his behalf to a jury of 12 if he wishes. I guess in a lame attempt to justify his actions. Not that I can see where it will help him.
I also agree that after being found guilty there should be a lien placed on his farm until the full amount is reimbursed.

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