Drone Operators Arrested
Two New York men have been arrested after the quadcopter they were flying allegedly almost collided with a police helicopter over the George Washington Bridge. NYPD sources told the New York Daily News that officers on the helicopter followed the drone to its landing zone and that Wilkins Mendoza, 34, and Remy Castro, 23, were arrested at the scene. Another drone was also recovered. The two men were charged with Class D reckless endangerment because the helicopter pilot believed the drone was a threat to his aircraft.
The newspaper said the officers on the helicopter spotted the drone flying at about 800 feet AGL near the iconic bridge just after midnight Monday. The paper says it was told the helicopter pilot had to take evasive action to avoid a collision with the UAV. The court was told the police observed the drone flying as high as 2,000 feet.