MADISON, Conn. (PIX11) – A beachgoer thought she was stopping a disturbing crime in progress, but instead found herself in handcuffs.
When Andrea Mears saw a man piloting a drone at a public Connecticut beach, she thought he was surreptitiously taking pictures of bikini-clad women, so she called the police.
But in the time it took them to respond, the woman handed down her own brand of justice. And it was all caught on camera.
“You shouldn’t be taking pictures of people on the beach!” the woman says, lunging toward the pilot.
“You wanna stop assaulting me? Get away from me,” he tells her then yells for someone to call police.
A video of the dust-up was posted to LiveLeak Sunday. The poster notes the beach beat down happened May 12 at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Connecticut.
Calling the drone enthusiast a pervert, the woman rips at his shirt, punches him and knocks him to the ground. Next, she can be seen locking legs with the pilot in what looks like a wrestling hold.
The 23-year-old Mears was arrested on suspicion of assault and disturbing the peace, authorities said.
Ironically, it was video taken on the ground – not from the air – that gave police the evidence they needed to take her into custody.
Drones first flew into the spotlight for their roles in military missions and have since provided fantastic aerials of everyday places, turned into expensive toys and became a novel delivery method for Amazon packages.
There are no definitive laws in place from the Federal Aviation Administration regarding the flying devices, often leaving citizens and law enforcement alike unclear about what is legal and not.