The drone that crashed on the White House lawn was operated by a drunk, he says. NY Times article. Summary: The man who flew his drone into a tree at the White House Monday morning had been drinking prior to the incident, according to the Secret Service. The man, who is also a government employee, said he was hanging out at a friend's nearby apartment. He was worried the lost drone may have hit White House premises but went to bed hoping it hadn't. When his friends told him about the reports the next day, he decided to talk to authorities. I'm wondering, what laws can they say he violated? I'm guessing there's no law against operating a drone while under the influence. Maybe just a law against operating one in DC?