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CHP Helicopter Nearly Collides With Privately Owned Drone Saturday

The CHP said a drone nearly collided with one of their helicopters Saturday night.

A California Highway Patrol helicopter was forced to abandon a stolen vehicle search Saturday night after narrowly avoiding a mid-air collision with a drone, officers said.

Around 9 p.m. Saturday the aircraft was searching for a stolen vehicle on eastbound state Highway 4 in Martinez roughly 700 to 800 feet above the ground.

The flight crew noticed a red light outside the aircraft and the pilot took evasive action to avoid an imminent collision with the drone — which passed by at close range, according to officers.

The crew lit up the drone with a spotlight, then followed it back to Roux Court, where it landed. The Martinez police were called to contact the drone operator, who police identified.

That information will be forwarded to law enforcement agencies for possible prosecution, according to officers.

Information provided by our colleagues at Claycord.com



  1. Helicopters are never supposed to fly less than 500 feet (higher above people and structures). That is plenty low to chase a car.

    Drones are not supposed to fly above 500 feet, with many companies setting the default ceiling to 400feet. This can be changed in software, but is there to keep everyone safe. The drone owner should be able to provide a log file to demonstrate the max altitude on the flight in question.

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