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Vt. Man Pleads Not Guilty to Crushing Cop Cars

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man who authorities say flattened seven police vehicles with a farm tractor and then tried to run over two officers who pursued him has denied the charges.

Thirty-four-year-old Roger Pion of Newport pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to 14 criminal charges.

Orleans County sheriffs said Pion was angry over a recent arrest for resisting arrest and marijuana possession when he drove the tractor into the parking lot of the sheriff’s department and rolled it multiple times across the cruisers and a transport van parked in the lot. No one was injured.

Pion’s been held on $50,000 bail since his arrest on Thursday.

WCAX-TV reports that since then, donations have been coming to help Pion. Pion’s lawyer, David Sleigh, says the contribution will go toward litigation costs.

AP-WF-08-07-12 2325GMT

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