A 20-year-old Pasco man won’t serve any jail time for crashing a drone onto the roof of Seattle’s Space Needle on New Year’s Eve 2016, but he’s been ordered by a Seattle, Washington Municipal judge to forfeit the aircraft, according to court records.
Cole Kelley pleaded guilty Tuesday to a gross misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment, acknowledging he “flew a drone in a manner that caused a likelihood of harm to persons or property,” court records say.
A small drone crashed into the 40th floor of the Empire State Building Thursday night and then fell to a 35th floor landing, authorities said.
Investigators said Sean Nivin Riddle was arrested at the scene and is expected to face criminal charges. He was being questioned by officers at the Midtown South police precinct.