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Father Arrested For Protecting Teenage Daughters

A 47-year-old Kentucky resident was arrested for shooting down an $1,800 drone that was reportedly hovering over his sunbathing daughters. William H. Meredith got his shotgun ready when he noticed a drone hovering around several of his neighbors' homes. The drone's owner said he was only trying to take pictures of a friend's house. It was Sunday afternoon when Meredith's daughters were sunbathing, and they told Mr. Meredith that there's a drone flying over everyone's yard. Meredith's neighbor, Kim VanMater's 16-year-old daughter noticed the drone over their yard first--she waved at it, and it left. Once Meredith saw it hover over his property, he shot it.

Four men then tried to confront him, but he told them that another shooting would occur if they crossed his sidewalk. After that, police arrived to arrest him for first-degree criminal mischief and first-degree wanton endangerment. Meredith said “They didn't take the SIM card out of it…but we've got…five houses here that everyone saw it – they saw what happened, including the neighbors that were sitting in their patio when he flew down low enough to see under the patio.” He added “We don't know if he was looking at the girls. We don't know if he was looking for something to steal. To me, it was the same as trespassing.” According to the Academy of Model Aeronautics safety code, unmanned aircraft like drones may not be flown in a careless or reckless manner and has to be launched at least 100 feet downwind of spectators.

Photo: Daily Mail, The Denver Channel

The police didn't confiscate the drone or the sim card it held.

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