June 13, 2014 12:43 pm

Winnipeg police arrest unlicensed paraglider

Police spotted a paraglider from the AIR1 helicopter Thursday evening and arrested him after he landed.

Winnipeg Police Service / File

WINNIPEG – A Winnipeg man has been arrested for dangerous operation of an aircraft after AIR1 police helicopter crew spotted a paraglider in the city.

The 34-year-old has allegedly repeatedly used the paraglider – a powered parachute – within city limits without a licence.

The man has previously been warned by Transport Canada that he was flying in a restricted area, Winnipeg police said in a news release.

He was arrested just before 9:30 p.m. Thursday after he landed in the area of Wilkes and Charleswood roads, police said.

Flying without a licence is a huge public safety issue, Const. Eric Hofley said at a news conference. This is the first time he knows of Winnipeg police making such an arrest, he said.

The flyer has been released on a promise to appear in court at a future date.

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