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NEW YORK — A New York City high school science teacher who authorities say was piloting a drone that plummeted into empty seats and caused a scare at the U.S. Open tennis tournament has been arraigned on reckless endangerment charges.

Daniel Verley was arraigned Wednesday in the drone crash that occurred on Sept. 4 during a women’s singles match.

According to the criminal complaint, Verley wanted to get photos of the globe statue at Flushing Meadows Park, near the tennis centre.

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The drone buzzed diagonally over the court in Louis Armstrong Stadium before plummeting into the seats during the next-to-last game of a second-round match. No one was injured.

His attorney did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment.

The Associated Press

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