As a drone pilot, what would you do if you suddenly found yourself being arrested and charged with a felony because of where and when you decided to operate your drone? While it might sound a bit far ferfetched, that’s exactly what happened to David Beesmer in New York. Beesmer was charged with unlawful surveillance in the second degree after he posted aerial video of a local hospital.
David Beesmer was arrested by a New York state trooper on Tuesday and charged with a felony — unlawful surveillance in the second degree — for recording aerial video footage of the Mid Hudson Medical Group building in Ulster, New York, which just opened last Monday.
Beesmer was in the area because he had taken his mother to a doctor’s appointment at the hospital. He posted on Facebook that he wanted to fly his aerial drone in the area because he was “so very proud of this facility and that someone has done something positive with the property that has been abandoned for many years.”
But since Beesmer was reportedly flying his $1,300 drone between 10 and 15 feet from the windows of examination rooms at the medical facility — close enough for patients and medical staff to notice it — his use of the equipment became an issue.