FAA looks into chaos caused by low-flying police helicopter at Penn State tailgate

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Six minors are charged with possession or consumption of alcohol while tailgating Saturday, before Penn State’s game against Ohio State.

In response to the crowd, a state police helicopter was brought in and flew so low next to these tailgates that debris flew into the air.  Now, complaints have been filed with FAA.

Pennsylvania State Police say a tailgate crowd of more than 500 fans was getting out of hand and ignoring commands from officers, that’s when the state police tactical mounted unit was called in to help.

The helicopter over the tailgating crowd used a loudspeaker, to give commands.

Police say this is a rare tactic but felt they needed to use the helicopter because the crowd would not disperse.
 
According to Corporal Adam Reed with the State Police, two Pennsylvania state police horses were assaulted by the crowd and one trooper was injured.
 
30 packs of beer and 8 alcohol handles were collected, plus criminal charges for selling alcohol without a license and selling alcohol to a minor are pending.  Six fans under 21 were charged with underage consumption or possession. 
 
Some Penn State fraternity members who would not go on camera, tell us they say they saw the helicopter and thought it was part of regular patrol.  They say in their fraternity, members are required to have the proper certification to sell alcohol and must ID everyone they sell to.

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