A California pilot Tom Huey has been arrested for allegedly violating a restraining order by buzzing the neighborhood of a woman and dropping leaflets referring to her from his Beech single-engine plane.
The neighborhood issued an alert, here.
The police issued a statement that “[t]he leaflets referenced a specific person and contained defamatory language and racial slurs. As the investigation has progressed, it appears that the motivation behind this situation is a failed domestic relationship.”
The police arrested the 51-year-old pilot at the airport after he made a reportedly eight passes on the neighborhood. He had been served with a restraining order that day and was arrested on suspicion of stalking and violating a restraining order.
This is the first stalking by air case that I can remember. Usually the distance set in a restraining order refers to the ground area around the protected individual.
She can also sue for intentional infliction of emotional distress as well as possible defamation.