UK law student whose drone crashed into Commonwealth Stadium pleads guilty to misdemeanor charge
A University of Kentucky law student whose drone crashed into Commonwealth Stadium during a football game last year has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge, according to officials from Fayette County District Court.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A University of Kentucky law student whose drone crashed into Commonwealth Stadium during a football game last year has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge, according to officials from Fayette County District Court.
Peyton Wilson, 24, of Louisville, pleaded guilty to third degree trespassing Thursday morning. The charge was amended down from second degree wanton endangerment.
The judge fined him $100.
UK Police said Wilson was operating the drone while standing outside the stadium when it crashed into the suite level glass on the south side of the new Commonwealth Stadium.
Several fans stood below the suite when the incident occurred. No one was injured.
"We hope that this will set a precedence that this will not be tolerated at the University of Kentucky in these venues without prior approval," said Joe Monroe, the UK Police Chief, at the time of the incident.
One military parachutist says he had to make emergency maneuvers to avoid contact with the drone, which he says was 20 feet from his parachute.
Authorities said they planned to make some changes so that this doesn't happen again at Commonwealth Stadium.
"We're using this incident to evaluate what preventive measure we can actually increase to prevent this from happening again. One of the things that we're gonna do is we're actually going to put in our parking lot signs that say this is a no drone fly zone," said Chief Joe Monroe, at the time of the incident.
The FAA prohibits drones from being flown within three miles of a stadium one hour prior to, or one hour after an event with at least 30,000 people.
Authorities say the attendance at the game in question was more than 62,933.
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