Arrest after drone affects US Open
September 4, 2015 6:16 pm
A teacher in New York has been arrested for flying and crashing a drone into empty seats during a tennis match at the US Open, police say.
Daniel Verley, 26, has been charged with reckless endangerment and operating a drone in a public park outside of a prescribed area.
Tennis officials say no-one was injured, though the drone briefly interrupted a tennis match.
The incident took place at the Louis Armstrong Stadium on Thursday evening.
One of the players in action at the time, 26th-seed Flavia Pennetta, described hearing the drone fly by, not knowing what it was and fearing the worst.
“With everything going on in the world… I thought, ‘OK, it’s over.’ That’s how things happen,” Ms Pennetta, 33, told the Associated Press news agency.