He fought the law, and the law got crushed.
The man who drove a tractor over several police vehicles in northern Vermont last week is on the verge of becoming a modern-day folk hero to some, with various online sites cropping up to canonize and defend the “simple farmer” from Newport, Vt.
Roger Pion, 34, was so angry about his arrest last month on marijuana and other charges that he took the law into his own hands, so to speak, flattening 6 police cruisers and a van from the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department.
The Aug. 2 incident got Pion arrested. But it also got the farmer some big-time media exposure as his story went national, sparking everything from T-shirts to ballads to Internet sites dedicated to “freeing” him. Since the episode, various websites have declared Pion a patriot and a saint — even a sainted patriot. A Facebook page, “Roger Pion, the magnificent,” describes him as a hardworking farmer and father from a “down-to-earth family” that now needs help footing his legal bill.