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Man arrested for using drone at crash scene said he didnít disobey commands
Springfield News-Sun ^ | April 14, 2014 | Allison Wichie

Posted on 04/15/2014 9:13:58 AM PDT by Deadeye Division

SPRINGFIELD — A Springfield man said he didn’t ignore commands, but rather was never told his remote-controlled drone camera was hindering CareFlight from responding to a crash scene until just before his arrest.

Kele Stanley, 31, said he plans on hiring an attorney to help him fight the charges — a felony charge of obstructing official business and misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and misconduct at an emergency scene. He said he was booked into the Clark County Jail on three misdemeanor charges, but after he posted bond and as was being processed out of jail, the obstructing official business charge was changed from a misdemeanor offense to a felony offense.

Moorefield Twp. firefighters and Clark County Sheriff’s deputies said Stanley refused to cooperate with authorities after they repeatedly asked him to ground his drone due to the fact that CareFlight was responding to the crash scene Saturday morning. Fire officials and Clark County Sheriff’s Office representatives could not be reached Monday afternoon for comment.

Moorefield Twp. Assistant Fire Chief Rick Hughes said he asked Stanley twice to ground his drone, the second time because of CareFlight, according to a statement in Sheriff’s Office arrest report. After initially grounding his hexa-copter camera, Stanley put the drone back up in the air and when Hughes asked Stanley to bring the drone down the second time, he told Stanley CareFlight would be responding in three minutes, according to the statement. At that time, Hughes asked a sheriff’s deputy to speak to Stanley.

But Stanley said he was not informed that CareFlight was responding until after the deputy spoke to him and he brought his camera down. He was arrested a short time later and his $2,500 drone was confiscated by deputies.

The medical helicopter was able to land and depart safely from the scene carrying the crash victim.

“If they see the video I just hope they will see the facts,” said Stanley. “Right now, it’s a he-said, she-said battle and these are always long and drawn out.”

Stanley said he has multiple family members who have worked as volunteer firefighters, EMS response and nurses and would never purposefully interfere with emergency personnel performing their duties. He simply wanted to film the crash scene at a birds-eye angle.

The cinematographer pleaded not guilty during his municipal court arraignment Monday and said he did not hear anyone mention CareFlight at the loud and hectic crash scene.

“I wouldn’t want to hinder anyone’s care or cause any damage to a response helicopter such as CareFlight, ” Stanley said. “The unfortunate part is you’re guilty until proven innocent.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: drone

1 posted on 04/15/2014 9:13:58 AM PDT by Deadeye Division
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To: Deadeye Division

He’s probably right. The probably DIDN’T tell him to ground his drone. And he likely DIDN’T know Care Flight was incoming.

Too bad. He shoulda known.


2 posted on 04/15/2014 9:17:39 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Thank you Hillary.


3 posted on 04/15/2014 9:28:12 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Deadeye Division

“A Springfield man said he didn’t ignore commands, but rather was never told his remote-controlled drone camera was hindering CareFlight from responding to a crash scene until just before his arrest.”

Didn’t know his remote control model aircraft could/would interfere with a med-evac helicopter?

Idiot.


4 posted on 04/15/2014 9:31:19 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Deadeye Division

My new assumption is that the authorities are lying until iron clad evidence proves otherwise.


5 posted on 04/15/2014 9:31:35 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: Deadeye Division

And cops NEVER lie. /sarc


6 posted on 04/15/2014 9:35:57 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: gaijin

Any time I see “interfering” or “obstruction” as the only charge it makes me suspicious of a bully cop who felt disrespected.


7 posted on 04/15/2014 9:37:47 AM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: Deadeye Division

Seems to me that the down-wash from a helicopter would have grounded his drone for him...


8 posted on 04/15/2014 9:39:55 AM PDT by babygene ( .)
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“Seems to me that the down-wash from a helicopter would have grounded his drone for him...”

Unless his drone flew over the chopper, in which case it could be sucked into the blades.


9 posted on 04/15/2014 10:00:48 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Deadeye Division

Good thing his drone didn’t have a collar and a tail.


10 posted on 04/15/2014 10:04:31 AM PDT by moovova
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To: Deadeye Division

Operational. Security. You don’t make it obvious you’re controlling a drone.


11 posted on 04/15/2014 10:32:00 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: Beagle8U
"Unless his drone flew over the chopper, in which case it could be sucked into the blades."

There in lies the problem. Potential for one crashed medigyro and three dead crew members.

12 posted on 04/15/2014 10:44:34 AM PDT by buckalfa (Tilting at Windmills)
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To: Deadeye Division

ULTERIOR MOTIVE ALERT: Make it illegal for private citizens to fly drones.


13 posted on 04/15/2014 11:25:33 AM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: Deadeye Division

Isn’t it amazing how easy it is to be arrested for interfering with any “Official.” Nothing is important for us plaebes. Government officials can take everything of your including your life with ZERO consequence.


14 posted on 04/15/2014 11:42:37 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: gaijin

New?? It is not an Assumption either, it is a Guarantee


15 posted on 04/15/2014 2:40:58 PM PDT by eyeamok
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