Hallowell man charged for brandishing rifle during road rage incident
Prospect — A Hallowell man is facing weapons charges after police responded to Prospect for a report of a man pointing a rifle at another driver.
Police responded to North Searsport Road in Prospect Thursday, Oct. 17, shortly before 1 p.m. after a motorist reported the driver of a gray Ford F-350 with black license plates stopped behind his vehicle and pointed an assault-style rifle at him, according to a press release from the Maine State Police.
About an hour after the incident was reported, Sgt. Patrick Hood observed a vehicle that matched the description of the truck involved in the Prospect incident traveling on Route 3 in Searsmont.
When Hood stopped the vehicle, the driver, 34-year-old Benjamin Hackbarth of Hallowell, admitted to visiting Fort Knox earlier in the day, but denied being involved in a road rage incident, the release states.
Hackbarth's wife was also in the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop.
Hood released Hackbarth after taking pictures of the truck and obtaining his contact information.
The photos of the truck were then provided to Trooper Desiree Wuthenow who compared them to statements made by the victim, specifically regarding the type of license plate on the vehicle and a physical description of the truck's occupants, police said in the press release.
Troopers were dispatched to Hackbarth's residence in Hallowell to search his truck for weapons. Prior to arriving at the residence, troopers stopped Hackbarth's vehicle on Middle Street in Hallowell and during the traffic stop, Hackbarth refused to submit to detention. He was subsequently arrested after a brief struggle.
During a search of his truck, troopers found a fully loaded Kal-Tec carbine rifle. Hackbarth was charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon Class C, failing to submit to arrest or detention Class D and possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle Class E
Hackbarth was taken to Maine General Hospital before being taken to the Waldo County Jail.