Teen charged with flying drone over V8 supercar event

A teenage boy has been charged after he allegedly flew a drone over the Townsville 400 V8 event earlier this month.

Police said that on July 8, the man piloted the drone from the Queens Road end of Lou Lister Park towards the area surrounding the Townsville Civic Centre, which had been declared a Major Event Area under the Major Events Act 2014.

The drone allegedly hovered over the helicopter operations area at Townsville State High School as a helicopter was landing and as another helicopter was taking off.


Helicopter flights had to be temporarily suspended before the drone allegedly flew over the race track, which was being used as a departure corridor for air operations.

Police conducting motorcycle patrols observed the drone hovering over the area of the race track, before it flew back to its launch site.

Officers attended Lou Lister Park and seized the drone and viewed the footage it recorded.

A 17-year-old Hermit Park man has been charged with aircraft operating in airspace above major event.

He is due to appear in the Townsville Magistrates Court on August 10.