Attention drone operators: Watch your aim with those things or you could end up in behind bars.
Yeah, we’re serious. Paul Skinner, a 38 -year-old Seattle man who accidentally knocked a woman unconscious with his droning back in 2015 has received a 30 -day prison sentence along with a $500 fine, after being charged with reckless endangerment back in January.
When Skinner, an aerial photographer, flew his two pound, 18 -by-1 8 inch droning which retailed for $1,200 into a mob of people at 2015 Seattle Pride Parade, it accidentally fell on top of a 25 -year-old woman’s head, knocking her out.
While Judge Willie Gregory of the Seattle Municipal Court did acknowledge the accident was purely accidental, Skinner’s punishment was reportedly dealt given the fact that he knowingly “engaged in conduct that put people in danger of being injured…”
The woman, who suffered a concussion, along with another man who sustained a minor injury from the droning, witnessed at the trial, and an additional hearing has been set for May to determine how much money Skinner owes for medical treatment costs.
According to The Seattle Times, Skinner’s lawyer, Jeffrey Kradel, feels the punishment is far too severe for the accidental action, and believes authorities are attempting to make an example out of Skinner to scare other drone users.
While there have been various drone-related misdemeanors over the year, including a droning that recently crashed into a Manhattan apartment, this incident is believed to be the first resulting in prison time.
Proceed with caution, droning owners.