Charges dropped after pilot landed helicopter for ice cream in Saskatchewan parking lot

Landed chopper for treats

Charges were dropped against a man who landed his helicopter in a Saskatchewan parking lot to buy ice cream.

Reed McGrath was charged in August with dangerous operation of an aircraft. The charge stemmed from a July 31 incident.

According to Tisdale RCMP, they received a complaint about 5 p.m. that a helicopter had landed in a parking lot beside a Dairy Queen, blowing up dust and debris throughout the area. There was a school and aquatic centre nearby.

The RCMP investigation determined the landing wasn’t an emergency. A passenger of the helicopter got out and went inside the Dairy Queen to buy an ice cream cake.

Police say it was illegal to land where he did.

A Melfort Crown prosecutor stayed the charges against McGrath last month. No reason was given.

Reed was charged on Aug. 4. On Aug. 11, he posted a photo on Facebook of him eating Dairy Queen ice cream cake.

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