UPDATE: Drone owner disputes shooter's story; produces video he claims shows flight path
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The father who shot down a drone over his home has his case to national television -- and there's a new twist in the story today.
The drone owner has come forward with video and his own version of what happened.
WDRB News has obtained video of William Merideth's arrest. Merideth was charged with wanton endangerment and criminal mischief for shooting down a drone over his Hillview home.
"No, I'm not going to relax!" Merideth says in the video. "I don't give a [EXPLETIVE] about him. And I don't give a [EXPLETIVE] about your [EXPLETIVE] drone and you keep video taping. I know exactly what I did."
The story we broke has gone worldwide, appearing on The Drudge Report on People magazine's website and dozens of other online publications.
This morning, William Merideth appeared on Fox and Friends.
It's four days after he was jailed and charged with wanton endangerment and criminal mischief for shooting down the drone.
"You've got two children in the backyard, this drone is flying overhead, and how did they react that caused you to go get your gun and shoot it out of the sky?" asked Fox and Friends anchor Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
"Well they come in and said, 'There's a drone flying out here and this is not the first time it happened,'" Merideth said. "And I went out and looked, and the neighbors were in their backyard, and said are you going to do anything about it and I said, 'Not unless it comes over my property.'"
"This is kind of terrible trying to protect your own children in your backyard," said Hasselbeck. "We will certainly follow this and want to thank you for your time today."
But another side of this story is emerging.
The owner of the drone, David Boggs, just released the flight data recorder from his iPad, saying it tracks the drone's path. In a video Boggs sent WDRB, he comments on drone's path 40 seconds before, during and after the incident.
"We are now one minute and 18 seconds into the flight," he says on the video. "We are now 193 feet above the ground. This area here is the world-famous drone slayer home, and this is a neighbor's home, and our friends live over here, and over here, and over here. You will see now that we did not go below this altitude -- we even went higher -- nor did we hover over their house to look in. And for sure didn't descend down to no 10 feet, or look under someone's canopy, or at somebody's daughter."
"We are right now one minute, 56 seconds over the drone slayer's house. We're still not on his property line -- we're just now getting ready to cross it....In less than two seconds...we are outside of his property, still at 272 feet. He shot the drone here, and you'll see it rapidly lose altitude, and the drone crash. Boom -- there it goes. Crazy, in the words of the great Paul Harvey, now you know the rest of the story."
The story has started a nationwide public conversation because the regulations about privacy when it comes to drones are not very clear. Experts tell us that while there are video, voyeurism and trespassing laws, there do not appear to be any Kentucky or federal statues related to privacy involving drones.
This story caused the FAA to go back and look at its own rules. The best the agency can tell us is if a drone is hovering under 10 feet on your property, it might be considered trespassing.
Some say the outcome of this case may be precedent-setting or at least the backdrop for new laws in Kentucky. William Merideth is due back in court in September.
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