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Update: CT Woman in Drone-Sparked Assault Gets Probation

Andrea Mears believed the drone-flying teenager was taking pictures of people on the public beach.

(Courtesy of LiveLeak)
(Courtesy of LiveLeak)

After reportedly assaulting a drone-flying teen on a beach in Hammonassett State Park in Madison, CT, Andrea Mears, 23 of Westbrook, was granted special probation Wednesday, according to the Hartford Courant.

Mears “was granted accelerated rehabilitation, a program designed for first-time offenders. If she successfully completes the program, her charges could be erased,” according to the Courant

Mears was arrested May 12 and charged with third-degree assault and breach of peace. A video of the incident was posted June 8 on LiveLeak.

WFSB.com identified the 17-year-old drone pilot as Austin Haughwout. Mears believed Haughwout was taking pictures of people on the public beach. She called the police before approaching and allegedly attacking him.

Read more about Mears’ probation from the Hartford Courant.
ted Aub July 11, 2014 at 10:11 AM
To physically assault a person, after contacting the authorities shows a deterioration in our standards that must be changed or the slide into a confrontational society will continue with disastrous results. I do not believe the court proceedings had a positive feeling for Americans and many diverse situations that we may be part of.
Roscoe July 11, 2014 at 11:46 AM
So he would have been arrested but for his trusty Smartphone. Makes me wonder how many innocent people are accused, prosecuted, made to pay huge legal fees to defend misdemeanors, or even felonies, which they didn't commit. Also makes me wonder if what's in this video should even be considered a crime or just a minor scuffle (he just sat back). But I don't suppose the prosecutors would simply drop the charges, no, those days are gone. I guess Iphones are now supposed replace pepper spray and act as your portable security cam. Where that app? I want it auto-activated whenever I am touched by another creature.

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