The Hallowell man who was indicted by a grand jury on a charge of criminal threatening related to an October road rage incident in Prospect pleaded not guilty to the offense Thursday, Jan. 30.

Benjamin Hackbarth, 34, entered not guilty pleas to the charges of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and failure to submit to arrest or detention during an appearance at Waldo County District Court.

On Oct. 17, 2013, officers responded to North Searsport Road in Prospect after receiving a report from a motorist that the driver of a Ford F-350 with black license plates had stopped behind his vehicle and pointed an assault-style rife at him, according to previously published reports.

Maine State Troopers located the vehicle traveling on Route 3 in Searsmont about one hour after the incident was reported. Sgt. Patrick Hood of the Maine State Police stopped the vehicle and questioned Hackbarth who was the driver.

Hackbarth told Hood he had visited Fort Knox earlier in the day but denied being involved in a road rage incident.

Hood allowed Hackbarth to leave after taking photographs of the truck and obtaining his contact information.

Photos of the truck were then given 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, according to previously published reports.

Troopers were then dispatched to Hackbarth's home in Hallowell to search his truck for weapons. Prior to arriving at his residence, troopers stopped Hackbarth's truck on Middle Street in Hallowell. During the traffic stop, Hackbarth refused to submit to detention and was eventually arrested after a brief struggle.

During a search of his truck, Troopers found a Kal-Tec carbine rifle.

Hackbarth is scheduled to next appear in Waldo County Superior Court April 7.