A Maryland man is accused of flying a drone in restricted airspace near the 5-alarm apartment building fire Monday in College Park, nearly crashing the drone into a police helicopter.
Trevon Miller, 24 of Baltimore Avenue in College Park, was arrested by Prince George’s County Police after the incident.
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Police said one of their helicopters was flying to assist firefighters as they worked to extinguish the massive fire at Fuse 47, an apartment building under construction on Berwyn House Road in College Park, when a drone went into its direct flight path about 12:30 p.m.
The helicopter’s pilot had to perform “evasive maneuvers” to avoid a crash with the drone, police said.
Authorities said they identified Miller as the suspect. He was charged with interfering with police and fire response, as well as reckless endangerment.