Pion allegedly used a Case tractor, with dual wheels on front and back, to line up and crush seven Orleans County Sheriff's Department vehicles Aug. 2, 2012, at the Derby headquarters.
Pion allegedly moved civilian vehicles out of harm's way before lining up cruisers to crush monster truck rally-style.
With the outside noise muffled by distance and whirring air conditioners, the deputies were not alerted to the trouble in their back yard until someone phoned in a 911 alert.
Pion allegedly cut the department's fleet in half, leaving deputies with no vehicles to pursue the man on the tractor.
After the incident at the Derby station, Pion headed toward Newport City, and when officers there attempted to arrest him, Pion allegedly backed the tractor up toward the cruiser.
Pion soon became somewhat of a sensation on Facebook, with supporters posting pages like "Roger Pion, the magnificent" and asking for money for his legal defense.
But the support largely died out by the time "Roger's Revolution," an event to protest a police state in which individual constitutional rights are no longer guaranteed, was held in late September 2012. Even Pion didn't attend the pig roast in his honor.
Since then, the sheriff's department sued Pion, as well as his parents Armand "Bones" and Linda Pion of Newport, seeking to recoup the $195,000 loss as well as punitive damages.
Pion is facing counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, unlawful mischief, reckless or grossly negligent operation, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage resulting, and carrying a weapon while committing a crime.
Bail was set at $50,000, with a 10 percent deposit to secure his release.
Mental Health Concerns
Shortly after his release on conditions, Pion was involuntarily committed, prior to the order in criminal court, after family members and other people cited concerns about his mental stability.
In September 2012, documents filed with the court suggested that Pion was suffering from mental instability and was being driven to action by voices in his head.
At that time, both the state and Pion's father and court-ordered custodian, Armand Pion, asked the court to order an emergency mental health evaluation.
Deputy State's Attorney Jim Lillicrap wrote at the time that he'd obtained information that Pion was being "told by god to harm someone by noon today," referring to Sept. 14, 2012.
In an attached affidavit, Lieutenant Kirk Cooper wrote that Pion had told an employee of his family that he was "advised by the gods to start shooting people."