By on August 3, 2012

An angry farmer in Vermont wiped out most of the fleet of the Orleans County Sheriffs’s Department by rolling his tractor over the cruisers. Without wheels, the deputies had to liberate one of their cars from a service station before they could go into high speed pursuit of the man who left the scene in red farm tractor, the Daily Mail reports.

‘It’s pretty much the biggest tractor you can get,’ Police Chief Seth DiSanto told the paper.

The Panther-hating farmer was arrested two miles down the road. Farmer Roger Pion, 34, had been arrested last month for resisting arrest and marijuana possession.  Apparently, he did not like it.

Hat tip to the Alm Oedi.

 

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57 Comments on “Panther Hate: Toking Farmer Wipes Out Fleet Of Cop Cars...”


  • avatar
    kvndoom

    Could’ve been worse… could’ve been a concrete-reinforced bulldozer. :O

  • avatar
    philadlj

    Such a shame…those cruisers were just one day away from retirement. I wonder what they’ll replace them with…Chargers? Tauruses? Explorers? Caprices? More Panthers? Case MX255s?

  • avatar
    Athos Nobile

    FOR TEH M F WIN!!!!!

    The Panther hate, that is.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    Well, at least Sajeev has lots of spare parts to choose from…

  • avatar
    Darkhorse

    I thought pot was supposed to make you mello. At least those cruisers now have a lower CD.

  • avatar
    Synchromesh

    I’ve seen larger tractors. But this is still pretty funny.

  • avatar
    PeteRR

    The War on Drugs claims 7 new victims. Why is it always the innocent who get hurt in war?

  • avatar

    They see me Rollin’(over panthers). They hatin’

  • avatar
    chuckrs

    That tractor probably is worth more than all the Panthers put together. The cops will make money on the forfeiture.

    If some farmer challenges you to a drag race, make sure you understand what he means by ‘drag’.

  • avatar
    raded

    Sad day. Panthers are a protected species. They’ll probably go extinct in our lifetimes.

    • 0 avatar
      cfclark

      He should be charged with (cars named after an) animal cruelty.

      Somehow this reminds me of the “San Diego Tank Guy” case:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Diego_tank_rampage

      • 0 avatar
        SuperACG

        I remember that! I was a senior in high school. I remember he took out a Vanagon, a CJ8 Scrambler and a Winnebago, among others.

      • 0 avatar
        cfclark

        @SuperACG: There’s a documentary, “Cul de Sac: A Suburban War Story”, about that incident that’s worth watching. The footage is so surreal you almost want to laugh (tanks crushing things is sort of cool), but I’m sure it was scary for the local residents/authorities at the time.

      • 0 avatar
        SuperACG

        I live in San Diego, so I had a front row seat. As a kid, I went to the Rec Center that’s next door to that armory. I’ve stood on the corner at the Wienerschintzel where the light post was knocked off (it’s on Armour street, no less!)

        Many authorities believed the tank was loaded, and considering how many cars he ran over, it’s a miracle no one was hurt!

      • 0 avatar
        jayzwhiterabbit

        If he took out a Vanagon, then he should get a medal!

  • avatar
    Suprnova70

    I’d say take em for a ride in my big green tractor, but this one is red. maybe he watched a bit too much monster jam and had at em.

  • avatar
    John

    Well, that is one for the books – a “high speed pursuit” to catch a farmer on a tractor 2 miles away. Is that picture right? Might he have been driving one of those nitromethane burning supercharged tractor pull competition tractors?

    Considering the idiocy on the “War against the herb which is the least harmful intoxicant on the planet”, I side with the farmer.

    • 0 avatar
      SuperACG

      Here we go…

      Not gonna happen. Marijuana is more harmful than cigarettes. I don’t smoke, or drink.

      I’m also for dry counties. You wanna drink? Go to a designated area. Like Vegas.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadFlorist

        And prohibitionism is more harmful than both. Teetotaling is fine. Authoritarianism is not.

      • 0 avatar
        jayzwhiterabbit

        Alcohol is by FAR the most physically dangerous and socially destructive drug. Drug prohibition is a joke, albeit a very sad one that costs billions (trillions?) of dollars and has claimed millions of ruined lives.

        A huge portion of the American public smokes marijuana on a regular basis, and most of those people live productive and fulfilled lives. In my 30 years I’ve literally NEVER heard of pot “ruining someone’s life” or any of the other DARE nonsense coming true. It’s no wonder high schoolers (and most adults) think such programs, along with the police and the courts, are so comical. Pot isn’t addictive and calling it a “gateway drug” is such bullsh*t….people are going to and have always done drugs. It’s not a huge problem until law enforcement gets involved…..and 40 years of the so-called War on Drugs (more like a War on Poor Non-Caucasians) have proven that you cannot treat drug addiction by criminalization. 99% of the violence/crime from drug use is caused by the artificial price inflation due to prohibition.
        Pot is also one of the best meds available on earth for a large variety of human ailments. Not surprisingly, much of the behind-the-scenes support for further criminalization is sponsored by Big Pharma, an industry that is quite aware that many of their uber-expensive medicines pale in comparison to the medicinal qualities of marijuana. Is using a drug immoral? I don’t know. Is arresting someone for doing so immoral? Absolutely. This guy up North had the moral right to fight the police force that persecuted him. The American public is very tired of the police-state this country has become.
        Not to mention half the pigs I know use much harder drugs than pot, and don’t really bother to hide that fact because everyone knows that pigs are above the law.
        BTW, that man deserves a medal for putting those crap-asourus’s out of their nasty Panther misery! ;)

      • 0 avatar
        SuperACG

        @ jayzwhiterabbit

        Ask Murille Martin about his experiences with drugged out individuals.

        There are very few cases where medicinal marijuana is justified. I’ve been accused of wearing a tin hat, but I’d gladly make you one if you believe Big Pharma is keeping this whole thing down.

        What’s funny is the proponents of marijuana say so many good things about it with no stats to back it up! I’ve only heard *ONE* case where medicinal marijuana was justified, and it was ingested, not smoked.

    • 0 avatar
      car_guy2010

      Here we go again with that DARE bunk.

      Surreeee.

      Just one problem with your “assessment”: show us the stats of people who’ve died as a direct result of smoking marijuana.

      Besides, tobacco stinks up your clothes, discolors your teeth and builds up cruddily in your lungs.

      • 0 avatar
        SuperACG

        “Just one problem with your “assessment”: show us the stats of people who’ve died as a direct result of smoking marijuana.”

        I don’t think there are any because there’s no one to sue if someone does die as a direct result, unless the one under the influence causes damage to someone else.

        “Besides, tobacco stinks up your clothes, discolors your teeth and builds up cruddily in your lungs.”

        And Marijuana smoke DOESN’T do that?

        While it may be fun and easy to pick on Big Tobacco as they genetically manipulate their tobacco leaves, it’s naive to believe the drug cartels are not doing the same thing.

      • 0 avatar
        golden2husky

        ………While it may be fun and easy to pick on Big Tobacco as they genetically manipulate their tobacco leaves, it’s naive to believe the drug cartels are not doing the same thing……….

        That is quite correct. Weed from “back in the day” was nothing like the pot of today. Back then we would smoke 5 or six one hits on a bong. A nice social thing, talking, drinking, listening to the Who…a great way to spend an evening. Try that with today’s weed and you would pass out. A single one hit of quality modern weed can turn you into a piece of furniture. All that said, cigs still suck and I’d make a 21 year old purchase date a 50 state policy. If kids don’t start by 21, they are highly unlikely to start at all. Talk about a health care initiative that would pay major dividends….

  • avatar
    Pch101

    Today’s winner: The fleet manager at a local dealership.

    Today’s loser: One very unhappy insurance adjuster.

  • avatar
    dejal1

    While the farmer has some anger management issues, he definetly has good taste.

  • avatar
    Juniper

    Racines finest, (the tractor that is)

  • avatar

    Now that is what you use a tractor for! Minus the Panther killing. This gives me a terrible idea of something to do this weekend, but I’ll add a dash of “swatting” for that extra bit of wasted local tax dollars.

  • avatar
    challenger2012

    Where were the cops when all this was going on? Out for donuts? You would think that a tractor would be pretty loud to hear coming.

  • avatar
    crm114

    This guy must be my long-lost brother.

  • avatar
    tim850csi

    Apparently the cops (according to the Burlington Free Press (burlingtonfreepress.com) were inside the station. The cruisers (or troopers depending on what state you live in) were parked in back of the station house and with window unit A/C’s running they simply didn’t hear them.

    Rosco P ain’t got nothin on the carnage wrought by one guy in a Case 255

    • 0 avatar
      car_guy2010

      Bet they could hear a dog whistle though.

      Or not.

      As a Vermonter, I kind of don’t approve of this carnage only because the taxpayers are going to take a bath on this loss while this guy will probably break the law over and over and over.

      • 0 avatar
        tim850csi

        Insurance on the cruisers will cover the cost of replacement. Also, unless I am mistaken, the tractor would also be heavily insured and is probably legal to be driven on the roads.

      • 0 avatar
        Pch101

        “Insurance on the cruisers will cover the cost of replacement.”

        The insurance probably covers the depreciated value of the cars and equipment, not the full cost of replacement. An old high mileage Crown Vic wouldn’t be worth that much.*

        The county will be out of pocket for this, even if the farmer has insurance and the claim is settled through his carrier. But I wouldn’t be surprised if his carrier claimed that he violated the terms of the policy by doing what he did, which would allow them to dispute the claim, which would make the situation for the county even more difficult.

        *My apologies to Mr. Mehta. No Panthers were harmed in the creation of this post.

      • 0 avatar
        Robert.Walter

        Bet they could still hear the opening of a Duncan Donuts box at 100 paces away though!

        How likely is it that the municipality did not have insurance (self-insure) on the cars? If that is the case, their donut budget is going to have to subsidise replacement of the fleet**.

        ** IMHO, No fleet has seen such destruction since 1588.

      • 0 avatar
        Pch101

        They may have to downgrade from apple fritters to regular glazed.

      • 0 avatar
        Japanese Buick

        Car insurance generally covers negligence, not intentional acts.

  • avatar
    MrWhopee

    Man, this is the funniest story I’ve read in a long time! The first picture cracked me up too!

  • avatar
    Goatshadow

    The tractor was probably a less noisy way of accomplishing the task than using some dogs.

    http://i.minus.com/izI6lhg3LOsPN.gif

  • avatar
    whynotaztec

    what they couldn’t use any of these cruisers for pursuit? this never stopped sheriff buford t. justice!

  • avatar
    SuperACG

    If you haven’t seen it on youtube, here it is…

  • avatar
    Frank Galvin

    Spurberry cops. Probably smoking the cheeba and watching bootleg Johnny Chimpo anime when this went down. Course, the maple syrup chugging put them all into naptime.

  • avatar
    Lorenzo

    A British paper covers carnage in Vermont? Where was ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox, News of the World?

  • avatar

    Mr Pion is a true american patriot. Think of all the jobs he has created. He found work for cleaning crews, towing companies, insurance adjusters, dealerships, and auto workers. The republicans should get this “job creator” a tax break.

  • avatar
    Zoom

    That Case IH tractor is made in Wisconsin. Case IH is owned by Fiat Industrial. He crushed American cars. Conspiracy?

  • avatar
    Boxerman

    Without knowing the cause of Pion’s arrest I would be speculating, but here goes.

    Take our speed laws as an example> ROAD SAFETY is the shrill cry we hear. Yet if road safety were a true goal then weaving through traffic during rush hour would get you busted instead of going 80 at 5 am when the road is deserted. Red light cameras without yellows would not exist.

    What we have here folks is a country where 1/3 of the populace in one form or another works for the state, and the state views the remaining populace as a resource to be harvested for their livelyhood.

    True we do get some garbage collection, a bit of police protection/security and some dubious schools out of the deal. In reality most of what is going on is an unconcious statal war to turn the populace into a form of sefdom serving the needs of officialdom. Its done by scaring us about threats to our saftey and livelyhood and the necessity of more laws and control. Fact is there are so many laws today, you break them all the time without being aware. When gov needs money or a sacrificial lamb there is always someone who did something wrong.

    Yes there is no master plan, yes there is no conspiracy at the top, even worse this is just a system that has developed of its own accord and now blindly self perpetuates. It is pretty much most of what our founding fathers rebelled against and sought to prevent.

    As the state having spent the easy pickings, gets more desperate for money and power to protect its priveledge, the petty screws will be tightened and we the peon’s (see the irony of the name) will lash out in fuitility here and there.

    Peon will suffer, the costs will be huge and no logic will tell you it was wise to do what he did, but as a blind protest it is commendable.


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