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Police arrested a teacher for crashing his drone at the U.S. Open

Police arrested a teacher for crashing his drone at the U.S. Open
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We here at Komando.com have shown you some pretty impressive drone footage before, but would you go to jail to capture it? Would you risk your life, or the lives of others?

Legislation surrounding drones are still somewhat in a gray area, but there's one thing that's crystal clear: Professional sports and drones just don't seem to mix.

Drones were banned from last year's Super Bowl, brought up spying fears at the World Cup, have gotten the Washington Nationals in trouble and even injured an Australian triathlete during a race.

So it should come as no surprise that one teacher from Brooklyn is now facing serious charges after crashing his drone into a section of empty seats at the U.S. Open tennis tournament.

The drone entered Louis Armstrong Stadium from above and hovered over the second-round match between Flavia Pennetta of Italy and Monica Niculescu of Romania.

After winning the match 6-1,6-4, Pennetta told ESPN that she initially thought the drone was a bomb. "A little bit scary, I have to say," she said.

Luckily, nobody was injured, despite the drone crash landing in a section of empty seats inside the stadium.

That's when police sprung into action, inspected the drone, then were able to trace it back to 26-year-old Daniel Verley, a teacher from Brooklyn, who was operating the drone from "a marina on the opposite side of Citi Field."

Verley is now facing charges including reckless endangerment and operating a drone in a New York City public park outside of a designated area.

Watch the whole thing go down in the video below:

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