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Arrested for pointing laser at a police helicopter in Florida

Miami, Jan. 4 ( Associated Press) A man living in Brevard County on Florida’s east coast was arrested and charged with directing a laser beam multiple times at a police helicopter that “disrupted the crew,” reports said. Blinded for a moment.” ,

The incident occurred on Tuesday night, when a Brevard police helicopter was assisting Palm Bay city officers in searching for a crime suspect and Dean Beaulet “decided to point a laser at our helicopter multiple times.” That county’s sheriff Wayne Ivey said.

“The laser not only endangered Palm Bay police officers, as the beam affected the equipment used to search for an armed suspect,” but also endangered the crew of the device “by blinding and obscuring the pilot’s vision.” Put.

The impact on the pilot’s vision was so significant that he had to hand over helicopter control to another officer.

Shortly thereafter Beolet was found, arrested, and charged with “felony misuse of a laser light” and another count of “shock that endangered the lives of several law enforcement officers and civilians,” Ivey said in a sarcastic comment on Facebook. Of.

The pilot affected by the laser effect, Brandon McIntyre, had to be examined by an optometrist, who ruled out any eye damage, and was cleared to fly again.

Pointing a laser at an aircraft is a felony under Section 39A of the US Penal Code.

These types of incidents with laser beams have been on the rise in recent years.

According to the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), 8,766 such incidents are expected to occur in 2022 (as of December 21), compared to 9,723 recorded in 2021, the highest number ever in the country.

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