Drone pilot arrested for dropping leaflets over NFL games
SANTA CLARA, Calif.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man was arrested after using a drone to drop anti-media leaflets over crowds at NFL games in Santa Clara and Oakland and that federal, state and local officials are investigating.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports the unidentified suspect on Sunday sent his drone over the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara during the second quarter of the game between the 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. Later he piloted it over Oakland Coliseum during the Raiders game against the Denver Broncos.
Santa Clara Police Lt. Dan Moreno says the leaflets talked about free speech and his belief that television stations are corrupt.
Most of the drone-dropped leaflets were carried away by the wind, landing far from football.
It is illegal to fly a drone within five miles of an airport, and both Levi’s Stadium and the Coliseum are within five miles of airports.
Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com