Drone to the dome: Police arrest man for hitting cop with flying robot

Crowded: Two cops were injured at a hugely crowded funeral for a famous rabbi in Borough Park.
Photo by Todd Maisel

Call it attack of the drone.

An upstate New York man is facing a felony endangerment charge after a drone he allegedly flew over a crowded Borough Park funeral procession fell onto a police officer’s face Tuesday afternoon.

The suspect, a 36-year-old man from Monsey, was flying his drone over 54th Street near New Utrecht Avenue — which teemed with tens of thousands of people mourning the death of a famous rabbi — when the device lost power and plummeted onto a nearby officer, striking her face, according to police.

The injured cop was sent to Maimonides Hospital for treatment, while her colleagues nabbed the suspect on a felony reckless endangerment charge, in addition to two misdemeanor charges for assault and for flying the drone in violation of city ordinance, cops said.

Another officer was injured amid the massive funeral procession on 58th street near 14th Avenue, where a car struck and injured a patrolman, potentially breaking his ankle, according to Police Commissioner James O’Neill, who addressed the injuries at a press conference Tuesday.

A department spokeswoman wasn’t able to provide details regarding the car that struck the officer, but reports state the cop was hit by a vehicle carrying the deceased rabbi.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.

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