NEWPORT — A Vermont man charged with driving a tractor over seven police vehicles and crushing them has been hospitalized by court order.
Roger Pion, of Newport, had already been involuntarily committed to the custody of the state commissioner of mental health after being found incompetent to stand trial.
An assistant attorney general tells he Caledonia Record (http://bit.ly/Y21ckf) that Pion was hospitalized on Wednesday on an emergency basis after family members and other people cited concerns about his mental stability.
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.
Police say he was angry over a previous arrest for marijuana possession. Pion pleaded not guilty.