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Man arrested for flying drone in path of police helicopter near College Park fire

Man arrested for flying drone in path of police helicopter near College Park fire. (PGPD)

A College Park man was arrested Monday for allegedly flying a drone in restricted airspace and into the path of a police helicopter that was trying to assist firefighters battling the five-alarm fire at an apartment complex near the University of Maryland campus, police say.

The helicopter pilot prevented a collision by using evasive maneuvers, according to a statement from the Prince George’s County Police.

Officers found Trevon Miller, 24, on the ground and arrested him. He has been charged with interfering with police and fire response, along with reckless endangerment. Detectives will consider further charges after consulting with the Federal Aviation Administration, police say.

The National Capital Region is considered restricted airspace and the FAA has rules drone operators must follow inside any restricted airspace.

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