Drone nearly collided with police helicopter above crowded uptown ballpark

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are seeking the drone pilot who nearly caused a crash uptown Wednesday with a police helicopter above BBT Ballpark – which was crowded at the time for a game.

Investigators are asking for the public’s help finding the drone owner, who flew illegally within 20 feet of the helicopter.

“Nearly struck a drone over Uptown at 8:50 pm tonight,” said a tweet sent out by the department. “Anyone w/ info about drone pilot, please call Crime Stoppers.”

Sgt. Kenneth Anderson said the helicopter pilots, who were returning to their hangar after assisting at traffic incidents, had to take evasive maneuvers to get away from the drone.

Details of the drone’s appearance aren’t available yet because the helicopter pilots were flying in the dark and at a high speed – about 100 miles per hour.

The culprit could end up with jail time, not to mention fines.

Police said the drone’s owner broke the

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