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Woman From Viral Drone Video Appears In Court

NEW HAVEN – The woman caught on camera attacking a drone operator at a Madison beach may get her record cleared. Andrea Mears, 23, left New Haven Superior...
Andrea Mears

NEW HAVEN – The woman caught on camera attacking a drone operator at a Madison beach may get her record cleared.

Andrea Mears, 23, left New Haven Superior Court after agreeing to apply for accelerated rehab, which is essentially a probationary period where she can’t get into any more trouble, and then her charges would likely be dropped.

Mears is charged with breach of peace and third-degree assault for attacking Austin Haughwout, 17, at Hammonasset Beach State Park May 12.

Haughwout video recorded the attack on his cell phone.

Mears accused Haughwout of flying his quadcopter drone over the beach to get aerials of girls in bikinis.

Haughwout thinks Mears is getting off easy for hitting him and ripping up his shirt.

“If it had been a male that had assaulted a female, the punishment would have been much more severe,” Haughwout said.

A judge will decide if Mears qualifies for accelerated rehab.

She’s due back in court July 9.