Man Arrested For Aiming Laser Pointer At Sacramento Police Helicopter

SACRAMENTO COUNTY (CBS13) – Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man accused of aiming a laser pointer at a police helicopter on Sunday night.

At 10:38 p.m., the pilot of Sacramento Police Department’s Air-1 says it was “getting a laser hit” from the ground, according to sheriff’s department spokesperson Sgt. Lisa Bowman. The pilot was able to easily track the location of the source to the backyard of a residence.

Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies went to residence and questioned 20-year-old Justin James Nesbitt about the incident. They say Nesbitt confessed to pointing the laser at the helicopter, saying he wanted to see if he could hit the aircraft.

Nesbitt was booked into the Sacramento County Jail on the felony charge of discharging a laser at an aircraft. His bail is set at $75,000.

Nesbitt will face a judge on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

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