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Northern California drone suspect identified

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Authorities say they arrested Tracy Michael Mapes for allegedly flying a drone over two NFL games in Northern California Sunday.


November 27, 2017
By The Associated Press

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Santa Clara police cited and released the 55-year-old Sacramento man after he allegedly attempted to drop political leaflets over NFL crowds attending San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders games.

Santa Clara Police Lt. Dan Moreno said federal and local laws prohibit drone flights near NFL games because of safety and security concerns. Moreno said authorities are considering adopting additional measures to prevent drone flights during NFL games, but declined to discuss details.

Moreno said Mapes was arrested in Oakland after authorities spotted a drone over that city’s stadium shortly after the Santa Clara flight.

Mapes didn’t respond to an email inquiry sent through Facebook Monday.

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