A man’s cravings for a sweet treat put him in the hot seat with the police after he landed his helicopter in the center of a small Canadian town to buy an ice cream cake.
On July 31, residents of the town of Tisdale, Saskatchewan (population 3,000) watched in amazement as a bright red helicopter descended into the parking lot near the town’s only Dairy Queen restaurant, exploding clouds of dust and debris during landing.
Initially, some residents believed the helicopter – painted the same color as the province’s air ambulances – was at the scene for a medical emergency.
But when the city’s mayor saw the passenger leaving the restaurant with an ice cream cake, he realized that the plane had a different mission.
“Well, I thought someone must be hungry,” Mayor Al Jellicoe told CBC News. “At first I thought it was probably not the right thing to do. “
The police agreed.
On Wednesday, they said investigators determined the trip to Dairy Queen was “not an emergency” and charged the 34-year-old pilot, who has not been named.
The man, originally from the municipality of Leroy, had a license to operate the helicopter, but parked it in an illegal location.
He faces one count of dangerous airplane operation and is scheduled to appear in court on September 7 in the town of Melfort.