Woman Charged With Assaulting Teen Over Drone in Madison

A woman in Westbrook, Connecticut, is facing assault charges after an altercation with a 17-year-old flying a drone at Hammonasset State Park last month.

Andrea Mears, 23, is accused of assaulting Austin Haughwout on May 12 after she noticed Haughwout was flying a quad copter with a camera attached over the Middle Beach at Hammonasset in Madison.

Haughwout captured the alleged assault on video using his phone.

"Can someone call the cops? I'm being assaulted," Haughwout can be heard saying on the video.

The video appears to show Mears allegedly grabbing Haughwout's face and ripping his shirt.

"Maybe you shouldn't be taking pictures of people on the beach," Mears says on the video.

Mears called police first to report the teen using the drone over the beach.

NBC Connecticut spoke with Mears on Monday and she claimed Haughwout assaulted her first and that he edited and manipulated the video to make it appear she was the aggressor.

Houghwout told NBC Connecticut that Mears attacked him and he was trying to protect himself.

"I was just holding her away so she couldn't cause severe injuries to me," Haughwout said.

Mears was charged with third-degree assault and breach of peace. She appeared in court on May 28.

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