POLITICS
01/27/2015 01:51 pm ET

Man Flying Drone That Landed On White House Grounds Had Been Drinking: Report

The man who accidentally crashed a "quad copter" drone on the White House grounds earlier this week had been drinking before the incident, the New York Times reports.

The man told Secret Service investigators he had been drinking at an apartment nearby before he flew the drone and lost control of the aircraft, sending it over the White House fence.

The man contacted the Secret Service and claimed responsibility for the drone, after he saw reports of the drone in the news, according to the AP.

The drone crashed on the White House grounds early Monday morning. President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, weren't home at the time.

Obama spoke about the incident in an interview with CNN broadcast Tuesday, saying it signals a "broader problem."

"We don't yet have the legal structures and the architecture both globally and within individual countries to manage them the way that we need to," Obama said.

"Part of my job over the past several years and over the next couple of years that I'm still in office is seeing if we can start providing some sort of framework that ensures that we get the good and minimize the bad," he added.

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