Maine State Police: Rhode Island man had no explosive device on-board

Published: May. 31, 2023 at 8:15 AM EDT
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HOULTON, Maine (WABI) - The Rhode Island Man accused of failing to stop for officers, leading to an officer involved shooting in Houlton Monday, made his first court appearance today.

Police say they tried to stop a vehicle on I-95 driven by Tony Holford, 42.

They say he didn’t stop and the trooper observed a sign indicating there was an explosive device on-board.

Police now say that wasn’t the case.

Police say Holford stopped between the US and Canadian Ports of Entry where troopers odered him to get out of the vehlce.

They say Holford then drove toward the Canadian Port of Entry and a trooper shot at him.

Holford was not injured and taken into custody.

He’s charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon alleged to be a bomb, terrorizing with a dangerous weapon, terrorizing, and passing a road block.

Bail was set at $1,000 and he must be monitored by GPS.

Holford asked for a lower bail

Tony Holford said, “I’m not trying to run, I’m not trying to flee from any of this, I just, if you could put the bail down to $500, I’m not trying to run, I do have the address, I’m willing to get the thing on my leg I have no problem with that. All of this only happened because I needed help and I wasn’t getting it from authorities... I never had any dangerous weapon at all, there was never no bomb, there was never nothing dangerous, it was all just a lie for attention because I needed help “

Holford is due back in court in Houlton in September.