A man is trying to figure out how to get a small helicopter with a camera down off the top of the Marion County Courthouse. It lodged in the arms of Lady Justice, a statue that tops the dome of the building, while Terry Cline was using it to shoot aerial video of the building.
Cline, an independent film maker, says he was flying the device when a gust of wind blew it off course and into the statue.
It is equipped with a high definition camera and features stability controls and gyroscopes to capture smooth video. Cline says it's a couple thousand dollars worth of equipment. He's already ordered another one in case the one stuck doesn't work any longer. He's got a couple of ideas for how to retrieve the device, which he says is "not a toy."
"Just waiting right now to get clearance to do that. No muss or fuss!," he said.
County officials say Cline never had authority to fly the device around the courthouse. He says he was trying to put together a video for the community.
"I wanted it to be a surprise, but the cat's out of the bag now," he said.
It doesn't appear Cline violated any laws, but the county could press vandalism charges if the statue is damaged.
"It's somewhat embarrassing, but I'm laughing at it," Cline said.