June 23, 2018
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Hallowell man arrested after allegedly pointing rifle at driver during road rage incident

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

PROSPECT, Maine — A Hallowell man who allegedly pointed a fully-loaded carbine rifle at another driver Thursday afternoon was arrested hours later after police searched for him in several counties.

Benjamin Hackbarth, 34, was charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, failing to submit to arrest or detention, and possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle, according to Lt. Aaron Hayden of the Maine State Police.

Hayden said that the incident was reported at about 1:15 p.m. on Back Searsport Road in Prospect. The 911 call to Waldo County dispatchers said that the driver of a grey Ford Super Duty pickup truck had stopped behind another driver and pointed an assault weapon at that person, the lieutenant said. Officers believe that one of the vehicles had passed the other before the incident escalated.

An hour later, police looking for the driver of the truck stopped Hackbarth in Searsmont but let him go because police only had limited information at that point in time.

However, officers ultimately decided that Hackbarth had been involved in the road rage incident, and police set up a second traffic stop in Hallowell at 3:30 p.m. He was uncooperative with police, Hayden said, officers were able to arrest him.

“A subsequent search of the vehicle located a fully-loaded carbine rifle,” Hayden said.

The Maine Warden Service and the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office assisted in tracking down Hackbarth, Hayden said. Police in Penobscot and Hancock counties also kept an eye out for the truck during the afternoon.

Hackbarth will be moved to the Waldo County Jail in Belfast because the most serious offense occurred in that county.

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