La Vergne Police Investigating Mysterious Drone Sighting
by Emily Luxen
LA VERGNE, Tenn. - Some possible eyes in the sky have some La Vergne residents concerned, and reaching out to police.
A device described by some as "remote controlled aerial equipment" or by others as a "drone" has been spotted circulating over the Woodland Hills subdivision.
Carolyn Hickerson first saw the object flying over her home Thursday. She tracked down the unidentified man who was controlling it via remote control, and after questioning his motives, she called police.
"It was going around and stopping above each house," said Hickerson. "It was big, and had 4 legs and what appeared to be a camera off the middle of it."
Hickerson said the man operating the flying device was driving an unmarked car with a Florida license plate. The entire experience made her feel uneasy.
"You kind of peel away the thought process of what this could be, who this could be, and why this could be, and you start getting nervous about it," said Hickerson.
La Vergne police are currently investigating the incident, and said this is the first time they have ever received a complaint like this.
"We have some information on the vehicle and person and that is being looked into to find out if there are any specific laws that have been violated," said Sgt. Brent Hatcher with the La Vergne Police Department.
Sgt. Hatcher said since this investigation is the first of its kind, it is tough to know if any laws were broken.
"We are looking to see if this is a violation of our city ordinances," said Sgt. Hatcher. "If people see something like this and are concerned they need to call us so we can investigate."
Hickerson said she hopes the investigation results in new city policies that restrict drones or other similar devices, and protect residents' privacy.
"I think we need to do something about having a law that catches up to the technology."
Hickerson said she plans to bring the issue to the city's attention again at the Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting on Feb. 4.
Police encourage anyone with information on this case to call them at 615-793-7744.