STOCKTON (CBS13) — A person suspected of pointing a laser at a Stockton police helicopter has been arrested, authorities say.
The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office said, just after 9 p.m. Thursday, that Stockton police’s Falcon 10 helicopter was struck by a green laser over the east Stockton area.READ MORE: 'We Want To Take An Innovated Approach': Sacramento City Pilot Project Sets Aside $1M For Community To Spend
With the help of the aircraft, deputies were able to track the suspect to a homeless camp on a diverting channel near Waterloo Road and Broadway Avenue.
Deputies say the suspect, 31-year-old Jacob McVey, admitted to pointing a handheld laser at the helicopter.READ MORE: 'I Cannot Safely Return To Work': West Campus Vice Principal Dr. Elysse Versher Resigns, Citing History Of Racial And Sexual Harassment
The laser deputies believed he used was found nearby.
McVey was arrested without incident. Deputies note that he also already had a warrant out for his arrest.
Pointing a laser at an aircraft is a violation of federal law, according to the FAA. Pilots can be temporarily blinded by a laser.MORE NEWS: 'The Saddest Thing I've Ever Seen': Community Shaken After 3-Year-Old Dies In Arden-Arcade Fourplex Fire
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