NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man was arrested after an NYPD helicopter had a near miss with a drone in Brooklyn.
It happened early Wednesday morning over Greene Avenue in Bushwick.READ MORE: 'Today's Verdict Is Not The End': Tri-State Area Officials React To Derek Chauvin's Conviction In George Floyd's Death
The chopper was helping to search for a missing person when police said the drone came within 50 feet of the aircraft. That’s when the helicopter had to suddenly change course, police said.
Isaac Rosa, 34, was arrested for illegally operating the drone, which was equipped with a GoPro camera, police said. He’s charged with reckless endangerment and obstructing governmental administration.
Earlier this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio warned there are city laws on the books to prosecute anyone who operates a drone inappropriately.
“It’s a common sense matter,” he said in July. “If you see an NYPD vehicle or NYPD helicopter, stay out of the way.”READ MORE: Derek Chauvin Guilty On All 3 Counts In George Floyd’s Death
In July, two men were arrested after allegedly flying a drone too close to an NYPD helicopter near the George Washington Bridge.
Police have also had incidents with drones over Times Square and near Citi Field.
Schumer said drones pose a threat to safety and privacy and have interfered with airspace.
Drone enthusiasts say most pilots are tech junkies who use the devices to take aerial photos.MORE NEWS: Police: Gabriel Dewitt Wilson In Custody After Deadly Shooting At West Hempstead Stop & Shop
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