LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer’s office today filed criminal charges against a drone operator for allegedly flying the device into a police helicopter’s orbit over a crime scene in Hollywood.
“Using a drone to interfere with a police investigation places our officers and the public at serious risk,” said Feuer. “My office will hold those who recklessly operate these devices accountable for their actions.”
Martin Sheldon, 57, was charged with two counts of obstructing a peace officer in the lawful performance of his duties. If convicted, Sheldon could face up to one year in jail and $1,000 in fines. Arraignment is scheduled for October 26, 2015 in Department 40.