Prescott Valley Man Charged in Goodwin Fire Drone Flight

Jul 7, 2017

An Arizona man accused of endangering firefighting crews by flying a drone over a wildfire has pleaded not guilty.

Gene Alan Carpenter of Prescott Valley was arrested for flying a drone over the Goodwin Fire June 24.
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Yavapai County prosecutors filed two felony endangerment charges against Carpenter.

The criminal complaint says the 54-year-old hampered firefighting efforts and recklessly endangered aircraft and fire crews in the air and on the ground by flying an unmanned drone in closed airspace above an active fire area.

County sheriff's deputies tracked down Carpenter after spotting a man flying the drone within hours of the fire reported June 24 in Prescott National Forest. He was arrested June 30.

A call to his public defender wasn't immediately returned Thursday.