Vt. man accused of crushing cruisers incompetent

Posted at: 01/09/2013 3:07 PM
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(AP) NEWPORT, Vt. - A Vermont man charged with driving a tractor over seven police vehicles and crushing them has been found incompetent to stand trial.

Roger Pion (PEE’-on), of Newport, had already been involuntarily committed to the custody of the state commissioner of mental health.

The 34-year-old Pion 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.

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

The Caledonian-Record reports (http://bit.ly/ULiq8d ) that a judge agreed to a hearing to determine how and where Pion will receive treatment. Prosecutors asked for another evaluation in 90 days.

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Information from: The Caledonian-Record, http://www.caledonianrecord.com

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