Four Men Tracked Down by a UAV After Fleeing Police

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 03, 2014 No Comments
Categories : Applications

After four men fled the scene of a middle-of-the-night traffic stop in North Dakota, police officers deployed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to hunt them down.

According to a report from Valley News Live, the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office was pulling over four men in a pickup truck around 2:15 a.m. on Sept. 28.

The men, who now have charges ranging from DUI to refusing to halt, ended up running away through a field but were located in the dark with the UAV after a police dog could not get the job done.

Motherboard identifies the UAV as a Qube from AeroVironment, which describes the aircraft in a press release as a small UAS – small enough to fit in the trunk of a car – tailored to law enforcement, first response and other public safety missions. The system can be unpacked, assembled and ready for flight in less than five minutes, the company says.

Read the full news report here.

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