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UK student pleads guilty, pays $100 fine for crashing drone in Commonwealth Stadium

Herald-Leader Staff Report

A student crashed this drone inside Commonwealth Stadium during UK's first game of the season on Sept. 5, 2015.
A student crashed this drone inside Commonwealth Stadium during UK's first game of the season on Sept. 5, 2015. Photo provided by UK Public Relations

The University of Kentucky law student who was accused of crashing his camera-equipped drone in Commonwealth Stadium before the start of a football game in September has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal trespassing, according to court records.

Court documents indicate that Peyton Wilson, 24, accepted a plea agreement Wednesday and paid a $100 fine, records show.

Wilson originally was charged with second-degree wanton endangerment.

No one was injured when the drone crashed into suite-level glass on the south side of the stadium during pregame festivities that included military parachutists, UK police said in September. Several fans were standing below the crash waiting for the beginning of Kentucky game against Louisiana-Lafayette.

One skydiver reported that he had to alter his flight path to avoid the drone, UK police said.

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