Roger Pion of Newport has pleaded not guilty to 15 charges. Judge Robert Bent later dismissed one count, impeding a public officer, but rejected a request by defense lawyer David Sleigh to dismiss a charge of attempted aggravated assault with a weapon. Pion is accused of backing the tractor toward a Newport police cruiser holding two officers.
Pion is being held at the Northern State Correctional Facility. Chief of Security Scott Morley said that Pion's expected release date is Aug. 28, the day after a hearing, according to reports.