PG POLICE BEAT / From the more money than brains department: Bozo with Drone Nabbed by Cops for Buzzing Police Chopper During Massive Fire Response
COLLEGE PARK, MD. — The PG County Police report that their Homeland Security Division has arrested a suspect after he was caught flying a drone in restricted airspace in the area of the five-alarm fire in College Park on April 24, 2017. The suspect is 24-year-old Trevon Miller of Baltimore Avenue in College Park.
On April 24th around 12:30 pm, the PG police helicopter was flying to assist firefighters as they worked to contain the massive fire. While assisting, the suspect flew his privately-owned drone into the direct flight path of the police helicopter. The pilot performed evasive maneuvers and was able to prevent a collision. The suspect who was piloting the drone was located and arrested by officers on the ground.
Miller is charged with interfering with police and fire response, along with reckless endangerment. Detectives will consult the Federal Aviation Administration for consideration of additional criminal charges.
It is also illegal to fly a drone within five miles of an airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration has established rules for hobbyists to operate drone devices inside of any restricted airspace. The National Capital Region is considered restricted airspace. It is also illegal to fly a drone within five miles of an airport.
PG Police put it very nicely that they would like to remind residents to be mindful of specific laws when operating a drone device and to check with the Federal Aviation Administration regarding any questions on the appropriate use of these devices. Anyone who observes suspicious or dangerous drone use is urged to call 911.