2 men charged in separate drone flights in Los Angeles

Jan 21, 2016 7:26 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two men accused of flying drones near police and hospital heliports are the first to be charged under a new Los Angeles ordinance.

The city attorney's office says 20-year-old Michael Ponce and 35-year-old Arvel Chappell are charged with operating a drone within 5 miles of an airport and flying the devices above 400 feet.

Chappell also was charged with operating a drone in the dark.

The men face up to six months in jail and $1,000 fines if convicted. It's unclear whether they have attorneys.

Ponce is accused of flying a drone within 3 miles of several hospital heliports in December. Chappell is accused of operating within a quarter mile of a police heliport, also in December.

The Los Angeles City Council passed the new ordinance in October.

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