Finally some signs of resistance from the oppressed citizenry. I’ve been too busy to do much but scan the news lately, and there has been little but drivel in the headlines anyway. With no time to drill deeper it’s been a bleak week — until today that is.
Since this is exactly the kind of story that can go viral, we may as well hop on the wagon early. Some pissed-off Vermonter decided to take matters into his own hands, always an encouraging sign;
Police say Roger Pion, 34, drove to the station from Route 5, crushed three cruisers, and then moved three other cruisers and a transport van into a row to drive over them monster truck rally style.
Pion took out half the department’s fleet with the 250-horsepower Case tractor with dual front and back wheels.
“We didn’t have much time to react here and also no vehicles to pursue him with,” Chief Deputy Phil Brooks said. “Do we have a protocol for what to do when a big-ass tractor runs over all your cars — no.”
Well, that makes sense. It certainly would not have occurred to me to include such protocols in the handbook.
The cops, now sans vehicles, gave chase on foot (it’s too much to hope they were blowing their whistles and waving their truncheons aloft, a la Keystone Cops), and then, assisted by cops from another jurisdiction, arrested Roger at gunpoint;
Riendeau and the deputies pulled in behind a Newport City cruiser following Pion. Pion stopped and shifted into reverse, trying to smash into the Newport City cruiser, Macfarlane said. The Newport City cruiser backed into Riendeau’s vehicle to avoid being run over, Macfarlane said.
At that point, the officer drew their weapons on Pion and arrested him, Macfarlane said.
Pion’s apparent plan was to head to the Newport City Police station to destroy its fleet of cruisers, he said.
Pion was angry about a recent Newport City Police arrest for resisting arrest and possessing marijuana. During that arrest, Pion had a handgun in his pants, deputies confirmed.
“I have no idea why he targeted us,” Ingalls said.
One bystander at the scene, Raymond Dupuis, who said he knows the Pion family, said Pion suffered a concussion during the arrest three weeks ago. He said Pion felt harassed by local police departments.
Multiple bystanders lined the area secured with police tape, many heckling the deputies and telling them they were happy about the incident.
That last sentence just made my day, so thanks to Expat and Madame for the links.