BEND, Ore. - Bend Police responded to a "found property" call back on Sept. 16 -- but not just any found property, a drone aircraft that crash-landed into the driveway of an unsuspecting neighbor in southeast Bend.
"Fortunately, no one was injured, but it brought operating of drones into the forefront of safety in Bend.," Lt. Clint Burleigh said in a news release Monday.
"We would love to find the owner" of the drone, Burleigh told NewsChannel 21. "It's not registered as required, but that's through the FAA, not us."
Burleigh said the owner would not be charged with trespassing, but he doesn't have enough details to know if they might face any other charges.
Although there are no specific city of Bend ordinances or Oregon state statutes for drone operations, there are some guidelines lined out through the FAA and supporting websites, he said.
The main drone rules are:
Fly no higher than 400 feet and remain below any surrounding obstacles when possible.
Keep your drone in eyesight at all times, and use an observer to assist if needed.
Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations, and you must see and avoid other aircraft and obstacles at all times.
Do not intentionally fly over unprotected persons or moving vehicles, and remain at least 25 feet away from individuals and vulnerable property.
Contact the airport and control tower before flying within five miles of an airport or heliport.
Do not fly in adverse weather conditions such as in high winds or reduced visibility.
Do not fly under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Ensure the operating environment is safe and that the operator is competent and proficient in the operation of the drones.
Do not fly near or over sensitive infrastructure or property such as power stations, water treatment facilities, correctional facilities, heavily traveled roadways, government facilities, etc
Daylight-only operations, or civil twilight (30 minutes before official sunrise to 30 minutes after official sunset, local time) with appropriate anti-collision lighting.
Here are links to two Websites for the community to use as resources before flying your drones.
This website will give you all the rules for operating a drone for fun.
This website is for registering your drone with the FAA if they are from 0.5lbs to
The Bend Police Department would like everyone to enjoy their time flying their drones, but remember to do it safely and within the constraints of the law.