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01:35  30 may  2019
01:35  30 may  2019 Source:   ap.org

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Aircraft including drones are typically prohibited from flying over a major sporting event unless This national defense airspace includes the area above and within a 3-mile radius of NFL stadiums during NFL games . A graduate of UC Santa Barbara and the University of Southern California , he cut his

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Man accused of flying drone at California NFL games charged© Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 05: A detailed of a Levi's Stadium sign is seen during an NFL game between the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers on November 5, 2017 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A man accused of using a drone to drop anti-media leaflets on crowds at two NFL games in the San Francisco Bay Area was charged with violating national defense airspace regulations, federal authorities said Wednesday.

Tracy Michael Mapes, 56, of North Highlands was charged May 14, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General said in a statement.

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Drone pilot charged with violating airspace over two NFL games A drone dropped anti-media leaflets over the San Francisco 49ers' and Oakland Raiders' stadiums in 2017 in violation of national security restrictions.

A North Highlands man was charged Tuesday by a federal court in San Jose for violating national airspace when he flew a drone and dropped flyers over two NFL games in 2017. U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California . According to the affidavit, when Alameda County sheriff’s

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — A Northern California man accused of flying a drone over two NFL games this weekend and dropping political leaflets has been Police cited Tracy Michael Mapes, 55, with misdemeanor charges and released him after a drone was spotted over Levi’s Stadium as the San

He could face up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine if convicted.

Authorities have said Mapes sent his drone over Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara during a Nov. 26, 2017, game between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks. Later the same day, he is accused of piloting it over Oakland Coliseum during a Raiders-Denver Broncos game.

It is illegal to fly a drone within five miles of an airport, and both venues meet the criteria.

Mapes did not immediately respond Wednesday to a request for comment sent via Facebook.

Police said the drone released leaflets at the 49ers game with content about free speech and Mapes' belief that television stations are corrupt. Most of the papers blew out of the stadium on the windy, rainy day and didn't disrupt play.

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- A Northern California man accused of flying a drone over two NFL games this weekend and dropping political leaflets has been arrested in a case that Police cited Tracy Michael Mapes, 55, with misdemeanour charges and released him after a drone was spotted over Levi's Stadium as the San

A California man is facing federal charges of violating national defense airspace while drone flying over 49ers and Raiders games . Flyers allegedly dropped by Tracy Mapes on two NFL games in 2017, according to prosecutors. The flyers bear a similar resemblance to flyers purportedly dropped

Surveillance cameras helped detectives track the drone to its operator, who was seen driving away from the Santa Clara stadium and identified by a license plate.

Santa Clara detectives called their counterparts in Oakland in anticipation that Mapes would go there next.

Oakland officers spotted a drone over the coliseum and flyers were dropped again. That game also was not affected.

Mapes was arrested shortly afterward while leaving in his vehicle. Officers cited him with misdemeanor charges and released him.

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This story has been corrected to say that the charges were announced by the Department of Transportation, not the Department of the Interior.

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