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Officials probe use of state helicopter at game

Published: Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – State officials are investigating the use of a Department of Justice helicopter at a high school homecoming football game in Northern California.

KCRA-TV reported Thursday that top officials at the DOJ did not know the helicopter – usually flown for drug busts – was being used to hover over the game in El Dorado Hills.

The incident was caught on video and uploaded to YouTube. It showed a DOJ agent dropping a football from the helicopter to his son, a player, on the field.

The cost to taxpayers for use of the chopper was between $900 and $1,300 for the stunt, not including the cost of personnel used to fly the aircraft.

– Wire report

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