5 Aug 2012

Police cars wrecked by tractor

1:30 pm on 5 August 2012

A farmer in the US state of Vermont who was facing a minor drugs charge is now in more serious trouble after driving a tractor over seven police cars.

Roger Pion, 34, crushed the county sheriff's cruisers on Thursday before making a getaway on the vehicle.

He was stopped by police in Newport city, northern Vermont, not far from the crime scene.

Sheriff's deputies were unaware of the destruction in their department car park until a resident called 911.

Orleans county sheriff Kirk Martin said they were initially unable to give chase as their cars had been wrecked.

The BBC reports no one was injured.

Police said the farmer was detained last month om charges of resisting arrest and marijuana possession.

He was in custody on Thursday evening, facing a number of additional charges.