Denver TV photographer arrested after taping car accident |

Denver TV photographer arrested after taping car accident

DENVER, Colorado ” A KDVR-TV executive said the arrest of one of the station’s photographers at the scene of a car accident Friday was unwarranted and the result of a misunderstanding.

KDVR Vice President of News Brad Remington said the photographer was simply doing his job and was not interfering with police when he began taping a car that had fallen into the Cherry Creek bike path early Friday.

Remington said the photographer, Perry Drake, began taping before many officers arrived and that may have contributed to the misunderstanding. Remington said there was no confrontation between Drake and police officers.

“He was just standing there taping,” Remington said. “As more police came, I think they wanted him to move and he did.”

Police Lt. Ron Saunier did not specify why officers arrested Drake, 50.

“We’re not going to go into the details of the case,” he said.

Drake’s car was towed and Saunier said the photographer was held at the police station for “at least a couple of hours” before he was released. Drake was cited with disobedience to a lawful order and interference.

Remington said the television station has a good relationship with Denver police, and that the two sides met and hope to have the matter resolved.

“I think the photographer was just trying to do his job and the police officer was just trying do to his job,” he said.

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