LOS ANGELES CITY ATTORNEY MIKE FEUER FILES FIRST TWO CRIMINAL CASES UNDER CITY'S NEW DRONE ORDINANCE

Updated: Feb 13

LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has filed two criminal cases against drone operators, the first under the City’s new ordinance restricting drone operation.

“Operating a drone near trafficked airspace places pilots and the public at serious risk,” said Feuer. “We'll continue to use our new City law to hold drone operators accountable and keep our residents safe.”

Michael Ponce, 20, and Arvel Chappell, 35, were each charged with two criminal counts stemming from two separate incidents including allegedly operating a drone within five miles of an airport without permission and allegedly operating the device in excess of 400 feet above ground level. Chappell was also charged with one additional count of operating a drone at a time other than during daylight. If convicted, Ponce and Chappell could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Arraig