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Nov. 21, 2016 9:31 am

Drexel student charged with reckless endangerment over drone shenanigans

“We could've had a true catastrophe,” Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan told Philly.com.

A DJI Phantom 4 drone, the same model Roselli piloted.

(Photo by Flickr user Andri Koolme, under a Creative Commons license)

Flying a drone too close to a police helicopter could mean jail time for Drexel University student Joseph Roselli, who was charged with reckless endangerment and risking a catastrophe, Philly.com reports.

According to the news outlet, Roselli flew a DJI Phantom 4 in the vicinity of a Philadelphia Police Department helicopter which was monitoring a protest in Center City. “We could’ve had a true catastrophe,” said Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan.

Roselli, 20, was piloting the device from the evo Philly residence at Cira Centre South in University City, reporter Robert Moran writes. Technical.ly contacted Roselli through his Facebook profile, but the student declined to comment.

ABC’s Chopper 6 was also in the air as the incident went down. Reporters caught this live video of the drone soaring through University City skies:

Guess Roselli would have been better off using that drone tent they have over at Pennovation.

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