New Police Chopper Takes Maiden Flight

WILMINGTON -- Law enforcement departments in several counties will now be able to fight crime from the sky. Officers in Wilmington, Leland, and Pender County now have access to two helicopters.

One of the helicopters took its maiden flight Monday morning.

Before getting the new choppers, the departments had to call officers in Elizabethtown to borrow their helicopter.

Chief Ralph Evangelous says the new choppers will keep officers ahead of the bad guys.

"We'll be able to track these bad guys whether they are on foot or whether in cars. We'll have a whole different dimension that the criminal element has not been used to," said Chief Evangelous.

Seized drug money is helping to pay for the helicopters. They are expected to be in full operation within a month.

Reported by Bernadette Jay