Dad kicks drone after confronting pilot for flying too low over backyard

In the United Kingdom, a dad believed that a drone flew too low over his backyard where his daughter was playing in a kiddie pool. After confronting the drone pilot, the father kicked the device causing damage to the unmanned aircraft.

Dad kicks drone after confronting pilot for flying too low over backyard

The father, Peter Wells, 57, was conditionally discharged by the Swindon Magistrates’ Court in the UK after he had kicked a $1,600 drone on April 9, 2020. The damage was caused to the drone after the pilot had brought it into land. The drone operator was not using the unmanned aircraft to film or take photos at the time.

Wells believed that the pilot had flown the drone low over his property where his daughter was playing in a kiddie pool. According to prosecutor Emma Charleton, Wells kicked the drone “a few meters along the road, causing damage.”

The police were called after the two men ended up in an argument, however, no charges had been brought forward. Wells pleaded guilty to a single charge of causing criminal damage, reports the Swindon Advertiser.

Wells had asked the drone pilot on at least five different occasions not to fly over his property. This time the drone hovered in place long enough for Wells to grab his camera and record it. Wells was ordered to pay $67 in damages and was imposed a six-month conditional discharge.

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