Newport, Vt.

Cruiser crushing suspect to be evaluated


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 has been at the Second Spring psychiatric facility in Williamstown. The Caledonian-Record of St. Johnsbury reported that lawyers for the state and for Pion have agreed to have him evaluated again. The 34-year-old had faced multiple criminal counts after police said he drove his father’s tractor over six cruisers and a van at the county sheriff’s department in Derby in August. Police said Pion was angry over a previous arrest for marijuana possession.

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