One arrested after drone crashes in stadium at US Open

New York: Police in New York arrested a 26-year-old man on Friday and charged him with reckless endangerment in connection with a drone that crashed at the US Open during a tennis match.

The drone that crashed in the Louis Armstrong Stadium
The drone that crashed in the Louis Armstrong Stadium

Daniel Verley, a city department of education employee, was picked up early yesterday and charged with reckless endangerment, reckless operation of a drone and operating a drone in a city public park outside the allowed area, police said.

The small remotely operated flying craft interrupted a second-round match between Italy’s Flavia Pennetta and Romania’s Monica Niculescu when it crashed in an unoccupied area of Louis Armstrong Stadium at the US National Tennis Center. No one was injured, tournament officials said.

“I feared the drone was a bomb,” Pennetta told “With all the news out there, I thought it was over. My team was so scared.”



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