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Man arrested for flying drone over crash scene

Posted April 15th, 2014 @ 12:04pm by WTVN Newsroom

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WTVN) - A man is facing charges after deputies say a video camera-equipped drone he was flying over an accident scene Saturday morning hindered the landing of a medical helicopter.

But Kele Stanley of Springfield told the Associated Press he's been unfairly charged. The hobbyist - who was flying the $4,000 drone over a crash scene to shoot photos and video - said he would have landed it immediately if he knew a medical helicopter was en route.

Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly said Stanley was asked several times to land the device, but wouldn't.

"They gave him a lot of reasonable opportunity to cease and desist and he continued to not do that," Kelly said.

So Stanley was arrested and forced to land the drone.

CareFlight was able to land and depart safely from the scene.

Kelly says drones aren't something that emergency crews should have to worry about while trying to do their jobs.

"They're trying to extract a victim. They've got all kinds of things to worry about aside from someone flying something close to their head, right above their head," he said.

Stanley is facing a felony charge of obstructing official business, and misdemeanor charges of misconduct at an emergency and disorderly conduct. He did not return a call seeking comment.

(Photo courtesy Getty Images)

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