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CHP Helicopter Avoids Near-Collision With Drone

(AP) - Authorities say a California Highway Patrol helicopter tracking a stolen vehicle almost collided with a drone hovering above Contra Costa County.

The Contra Costa Times reports that no arrests have been made following Saturday night's incident. But police have been in contact with the person who was operating the drone and charges may be filed at a later date.

The helicopter crew had encountered the drone while following a stolen vehicle above Highway 4. CHP officer James Andrews says the pilot veered to the right to avoid crashing into the drone, which had been flying near the same altitude of 700 to 800 feet.

The suspected car theft got away and has not been caught.

Andrews says the drone landed in Martinez, where the operator picked it up.

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