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SportMan accused of flying drone at California NFL games charged

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

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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 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

SAN FRANCISCO — Federal authorities have charged a California man accused of using a drone to drop anti-media leaflets on crowds at two NFL games in the San Francisco Bay Area with violating national defence airspace regulations.

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.

Drone pilot charged with violating airspace over two NFL games

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.

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 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

SAN FRANCISCO - Federal authorities have charged a California man accused of using a drone to drop anti-media leaflets on crowds at two NFL games 26, 2017 sent his drone over Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara during a San Francisco 49ers-Seattle Seahawks game . They have said he then piloted it

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.

Drone pilot charged with violating airspace over two NFL games

Drone pilot charged with violating airspace over two NFL games A Northern California man has been charged with violating airspace restrictions by flying a drone over a pair of NFL games in 2017. 

Federal authorities have charged a California man accused of using a drone to drop anti-media leaflets on crowds at two NFL games in the San Authorities have said Mapes on Nov. 26, 2017 sent his drone over the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara during a San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks

Man accused of flying drone at California NFL games charged KIRO Seattle. 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 … >>

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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