Man arrested for shining laser at helicopter

Brandon, Florida -- Tampa Police Officers have arrested a man for shining a laser device at a TPD helicopter.

Around 1:30 a.m. om June 5, Officers Brian Gentry and Mark McCann were flying over the area of 50th Street and Adamo Drive, their helicopter was hit with a green laser. The pilots used the helicopter's night vision and the FLIR detection system to guide patrol units on the ground to an individual who was entering a Dodge Ram truck parked on Adamo Drive.

The suspect was the only individual in the parking lot.

The patrol units made contact with Bradley Steffes and he consented to having his vehicle searched. During the search, officers located a laser pointer, Marijuana and a glass Marijuana pipe.

Steffes was arrested for misusing a laser lighting device and narcotics possession. He was transported to the Hillsborough County jail without incident.


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