October 29, 2012

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Monticello man arrested for landing helicopter near concert goers at Nassau Coliseum


UNIONDALE – A Monticello man has been charged by Nassau County Police with landing a helicopter in a grassy area full of pedestrians near the Nassau Coliseum minutes before midnight on Saturday night.

Michael Croissant, 44, of Mongaup Road in Monticello, was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment.

Police were called to the Coliseum after receiving several 911 calls of intoxicated youths at a rave concert there. While they were at the scene of as many as 100 intoxicated youths between the ages of 14 and 18, Croissant attempted to land a Bell Model 407 helicopter on a grassy area on the side of the Coliseum.  The landing had to be aborted due to pedestrians walking in the area. He returned and landed on the grassy area where at least 20 pedestrians were walking.

No one was hurt when the helicopter landed, police said, but the intoxicated youths in the area were transported to several hospitals for treatment.

Croissant was arrested and his helicopter was seized following the 11:45 p.m. incident.

Police said there was no indication that alcohol or drugs were involved in Croissant’s landing.


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