Report: Man Who Crashed Drone On White House Grounds Had Been Drinking

A man who caused a brief stir outside the White House early Monday morning by crashing a drone on the grounds was reportedly drinking when he lost control of the device.

Citing anonymous law enforcement officials, the New York Times reported that a man who works for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency told investigators he was flying a drone that belonged to a friend while drinking at a nearby apartment.

The man said he contacted authorities after friends told him about news reports on the drone Monday morning, according to the Times. He also told investigators that he’d gone to sleep that night fearing that the drone had flown over the White House.

Obama addressed the latest White House security breach Tuesday in an interview with CNN, comparing the drone that landed on the grounds to one that could be bought at Radio Shack.

“I’ve assigned some of the relevant agencies to start talking to stakeholders and figure out how we’re going to put an architecture in place that makes sure that these things aren’t dangerous and that they’re not violating people’s privacy,” the President said.

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