• Cruisers’ crusher gets new exam
    September 06,2013

    Cruisers’ crusher gets new exam

    NEWPORT — A judge has ordered a new psychiatric exam for a Vermont man accused of using a large tractor to crush seven police vehicles.

    Roger Pion of Newport was found incompetent to stand trial and hospitalized in January. He’s been at the Second Spring psychiatric facility in Williamstown.

    The Caledonian-Record of St. Johnsbury reports that lawyers for the state and for Pion have agreed to have him evaluated again to determine if he’s competent to stand trial.

    The psychiatrist’s evaluation is planned for Sept. 18. A hearing on his findings is scheduled for Oct. 15.

    The 34-year-old had faced multiple criminal counts after police say he drove his dad’s tractor over six cruisers and a van at the county sheriff’s department in Derby in August, causing about $300,000 in damage.

    The damage allegedly decreased the department’s fleet of vehicles by half, and left it with no vehicles to pursue the suspect on the tractor.

    Police say Pion was angry over a previous arrest for marijuana possession. Pion pleaded not guilty.

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