For the second time in a week, someone’s been arrested for allegedly pointing a laser light into the cockpit of a sheriff’s office chopper.
The latest case happened on Wednesday. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office noticed a laser pointing into the cockpit of a department chopper.
"It's not funny, because it can be dangerous," Deputy Dennis Sanders said.
The 15-year-old suspect was spotted by the chopper pilot and arrested. It's a felony charge.
"Worst case is that I get a direct hit in both eyes, and I'm blinded," Steve Wellman, the pilot, said.
He explained that even though the light of a laser pointer looks small, when it hits a helicopter flying at 1,000 feet, it can fill the whole cockpit. Wellman compared it to someone shining a flashlight at your face.
This latest incident comes on the heels of a similar incident in Pasco County. In that case, a suspect was arrested after pointing a laser at a pilot, who tracked the suspect to a home. A suspect was arrested and charged with misuse of laser lighting devices.
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