Police hunting drone owner who nearly caused collision above crowded Knights game

Drones have increasingly become an annoyance for law enforcement, but Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are on the offensive for a drone pilot who nearly caused a catastrophic crash uptown Wednesday above BBT Ballpark – which was crowded at the time for a game against the Durham Bulls.

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

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