- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A Concord man has been arrested after police say he purposely flew a drone near a police helicopter.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say a helicopter pilot had to abruptly alter his flight path at about 12:40 a.m. Thursday to avoid a midair collision with a drone.

Police arrested 26-year-old Christopher Baucom on charges including interference with manned aircraft by unmanned aircraft system. He was freed on bail, and it wasn’t known if he had an attorney.

The Federal Aviation Administration prohibits drones from being flown at night.

The helicopter pilot was helping search for a wanted suspect. Baucom told police he was using the drone to take video footage of the police helicopter as it worked the call.

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