In Vermont Superior Court on Tuesday, Pion also denied two unrelated misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and possession of marijuana stemming from July 3 incident in Newport City. Authorities have said they believe that arrest might have prompted Pion’s tractor tirade.
During the July 3 incident, Pion was armed with a loaded, cocked .38-caliber gun, and his pit bull was with him when the car in which he was a passenger when pulled over, Newport Police Officer Aaron Lefebvre wrote in an affidavit in the case. He had another loaded gun when arrested Thursday, according to court papers.
“It is important to note, in prior incidents involving law enforcement encounters with Pion, this individual has acted uncooperative and aggressive,” Lefebvre wrote in his affidavit July 9, more than three weeks before the cruiser-crushing incident.
The driver in the July 3 incident, Schatzilein Buck, 30, had no registration sticker on her car and was driving 42 mph in a 25 mph zone on East Main Street when pulled over, police said. Pion, in the back seat, was one of two male passengers.
Lefebvre said he smelled marijuana and was given permission from Buck to search the car. Pion agreed to leave the car but refused to allow a pat-down for weapons, Lefebvre wrote.
Police later allowed the trio to return to the car, but Lefebvre then learned Pion had a pending arrest warrant, the affidavit stated. Lefebvre said he asked Pion to exit the car again, but he balked.
“Pion became irate refusing to cooperate and exit. After a brief banter of obscenities, Pion proceeded to aggressively force his way from the backseat by physically forcing the driver’s seat forwards,” the officer wrote.
Because of Pion’s escalating behavior, Lefebvre said he tried to subdue him.
“As Pion resisted verbal and physical commands, this subject’s animal (pit bull) escaped from the interior of the vehicle,” the affidavit states.
Lefebvre said Pion stopped resisting long enough to gain control of his dog and give it to Buck.
“After releasing the animal, Pion again assumed an assaultive and resistance stance,” he wrote.
Lefebvre and Officer Corey Marcoux were unsuccessful in gaining control over Pion’s hands, and Lefebvre said he used “an arm bar take down” to put Pion on the ground.
Marcoux, Lefebvre and a Border Patrol agent “located a .38-caliber handgun concealed in the offender’s crotch area. The pistol was discovered to be chambering a round while the hammer mechanism was readily positioned (cocked) to be fired,” the affidavit stated.
Police said they also found a small amount of marijuana.
Police summoned Newport Rescue to treat injuries Pion sustained “during his resistance,” the affidavit stated. He later was transported to North County Hospital for evaluation of undisclosed injuries.
When police issued Pion issued his court citation, it notes that he refused to sign it. Marcoux added two notes: “(medically refused)” and “(could not sign).”