Logan Paul Arrested for Flying a Drone in Rome

By Christopher Coble, Esq. on October 05, 2017 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Trending All Day, and something called Clevver are reporting that Logan Paul was arrested in Rome for illegally flying a drone over the Colosseum. Paul, a barely sentient bad hair day that somehow has a camera incessantly trained upon itself, unsurprisingly filmed part of his alleged arrest. This cross-cultural conclave featured an Italian police officer explaining, "the flying of the drone in this area is illegal," to which Paul, a wig that walked off the set of "Crank Yankers," responds in Spanish, "No bueno."

This Mensa meeting then moved to a police station where Paul, a mere wisp of cognition behind sunglasses you laughed at in CVS, explains himself to police and is later released. Thank god.

Roamin' Drones

In the future, Paul, a reanimated wrestling singlet haunted by Billy Madison's ghost, would do well to remember that drones, while legal in some places, aren't legal in every place. Military bases, stadiums, and airports are all no-fly zones for drones, and you can get arrested or sued flying your drone too close to helicopters, sailing a drone into a building, or crashing your drone into a partygoer's skull.

And while the Federal Aviation Administration is in charge of regulating drone use in the United States, other countries will have their own drone regulations.

Dronin' Holiday

To be fair to Paul -- the answer to the question, "What if you never took your finger out of the socket?" -- getting arrested in a foreign country is no pleasure cruise. Being behind bars while battling a language barrier can be a frightening experience, so what do you do? Your first step should be contacting the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate, or asking they be notified of your arrest.

While consular officials can't demand your release or even pay for your criminal defense, they can put you in touch with family and/or local legal counsel. So if you happen to be a herpetic hamster that once watched "Dumb and Dumber" and got its hands on a drone while on holiday in Rome, maybe check with local ordinances before taking flight, or no te gustará the consequences.

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