Police arrest two for recklessly operating drone near George Washington Bridge

By Marcina Zaccaria ,

Two people in New York City were arrested for operating a drone over the George Washington Bridge Monday.

The drone was dangerously close to the bridge and came as close as 800 feet from a police helicopter. The pilot of the helicopter saw the small drone and he notified the 34th precinct. Authorities looked into the situation. The drone was reported when it landed on a parked vehicle.

"It was traced to a window that it was returned to, and an individual received a summons there for violation of that airspace regulation," NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence John Miller said, according to CBS News.

Police found two citizens who will face reckless endangerment charges. Wilkins Mendoza and Remy Castro were arrested, according to the Associated Press.

Police found the two drones and the remote controls that were used to operate the devices.

The standards for civilian drones has been called into question since the Federal Aviation Administration has not set standards for certifying the safety of civilian drones. Miller said that as drones become more affordable, it is likely that more people would attempt to purchase them. The drone was taking photos for a commercial.

"It’s just a toy," Castro said in Manhattan Criminal Court, reports The New York Post. "The copter came to us." The two men were released without bail.



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