Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

September 14, 2012

'Flying' man brought down to earth


CNHI News Service

SALEM, Mass. — A man who buzzed over this historic Massachusetts community in a motor-powered flying machine was brought down to earth by local police.

Patrick Tarmey, 25, now faces disorderly conduct charges for operating a powered paraglider over different parts of Salem and then flying over cars during busy rush-hour traffic.

Police were tipped off by concerned motorists who called the police department.

“He could do his flying somewhere else that’s not over vehicles on 9/11,” said Lt. Mary Butler said, pointing out Tuesday was the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the country.

Butler said Tarmey will face a charge of disorderly conduct because he was “creating a hazard for no legitimate reason” by flying too low and distracting drivers by his actions.

“It could have caused a motor vehicle accident,” she said.

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Details for this story were provided by The Salem (Mass.) News.