The person operating the drone that landed in a White House tree Monday morning called the U.S. Secret Service Monday morning to “self-report” their involvement in the incident.
The individual was interviewed by Secret Service agents and has been fully cooperative, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said in a statement Monday afternoon.
As previously reported, the Secret Service locked down the White House shortly after 3 a.m. after an officer on the south grounds of the White House spotted the drone, described as a two-foot wide “quad copter,” flying above the White House grounds before crashing on the southeast side of the complex. The officer saw the drone flying at a very low altitude.
“Initial indications are that this incident occurred as a result of recreational use of the device,” Leary said.
The Secret Service will continue to investigate the incident through “corroborative interviews, forensic examinations and reviews of all other investigative leads,” Leary said.
View a pic of the quad copter below: