Aside From Crushed Cars I Noticed…

…something odd about this post:

Angry Vermont farmer crushes 7 police cruisers with tractor

“…Orleans County sheriff’s deputies didn’t know what was happening in their parking lot until a neighbor called 911.

A man on a big farm tractor, angry about his recent arrest for resisting arrest and marijuana possession, was rolling across their vehicles — five marked cruisers, one unmarked car and a transport van.”

It was not the obvious; that a guy with a tractor was running amok.  (Actually I’m jealous that his tractor runs.)

What caught my attention was this:

“…the vehicles destroyed constituted more than half the fleet of sheriff’s cruisers in the rural county on the Canadian border. Others were out on patrol at the time of the incident.”

This means the Sheriff’s office has just under 14 vehicles (I’ll charitably estimate an even dozen) and 50% (six?) were on patrol on a given day.

Six on patrol and a fleet of a dozen?  In Vermont?  Have you been to rural Vermont?  I have.

I did some simple research.  The county has a population of 27,231. This means the Sheriff has one vehicle per 2,269 people. (27231/12=2269)  The county has about 10,000 households.  Thus I calculate that the Sheriff can field one vehicle for every 871 households. (10446/12=870.5)

One vehicle per 2,269 people? One cruiser for less than a thousand households? That’s just the County Sheriff. What about the State and Local police forces?  Plus that far north will have some Border Patrol.  Does the Sheriff need tanks too?  Is he worried the Canadians might invade?

Folks, this isn’t Manhattan.  870 households can often be served by one guy who plows the streets in winter and serves as dog catcher in his spare time.  A dozen Sheriff’s cruisers is a whole lotta’ firepower to protect handfuls of skiers and ice fishermen.

I could be wrong.  Maybe Vermont is surprisingly neck deep in meth-heads, hoodlums, and attacking alien spacecraft.  Perhaps the Crips and Bloods are having gang battles amid sugar maples

Perhaps they’re over policed. Yes, crushing cruisers with a tractor is a crime but nobody was hurt so I like to think of it as an unhinged farmer culling a tax grazing herd.

Ht. to Living Freedom

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5 Responses to Aside From Crushed Cars I Noticed…

  1. KA9VSZ says:

    Huh; I had not considered the population density.
    What leapt out at me was the line “his recent arrest for resisting arrest and marijuana possession”. Wait, what? Arrested for resisting arrest? Perhaps our intrepid reporter meant “charged with resisting arrest”. I don’t even care that he was gonna get a little hi…waitammint…farmer… marijuana can grow in the ground…. Exactly what crop was he sowing? There may be more to the story.

  2. MSgt B says:

    Don’t underestimate those Canadians, they’re a sneaky bunch.

  3. kx59 says:

    wait…did I read the correctly? Someone had to CALL 911 to let them know some yahoo was crushing their cruisers in the parking lot right outside the Sheriff’s station?
    It appears they need numbers to overcome lack of IQ.

  4. ASM826 says:

    The sheriff might need tanks. Particularly if there are some more angry pot growing farmers with big tractors.

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