Rhode Island man facing charges after incident at border crossing in Houlton

Houlton, Maine border
Houlton, Maine border(WAGM)
Published: May. 29, 2023 at 2:09 PM EDT
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HOULTON, Maine- State Police say a man is in custody after an incident at the Port of Entry in Houlton Monday morning.

Police say around 10:30am, a trooper attempted to pull over a vehicle on I-95 northbound, but the driver didn’t stop.

They say the trooper saw a sign indicating there was an explosive device on-board.

They say the vehicle eventually stopped between the US and Canadian Ports of Entry.

After troopers ordered the driver out of the vehicle, they say he maneuvered the truck toward the Canadian Port of Entry, and Corporal Eric Paquette shot at the driver.

Police say he was not injured and surrendered.

42-year-old Tony Holford from Rhode Island has been charged with aggravated reckless conduct, terrorizing, and failure to stop.

Holford has been taken to the Aroostook County Jail.

They say there is no danger to the public, but they have not released any details about the explosive device.

The Attorney General’s Office and State Police are investigating along with Canadian authorities.

Crime scene technicians and the State Police Bomb Squad will continue to process the scene through the night.

Motorists should use an alternate port of entry.