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: Trailblazer Flew Through Glass Ceilings As First Female African American Pilot To Fly U-2 Aircraft
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: Pressure Behind The Wheel: Sacramento Mover Drove Historic Victorian Mansion Through San Francisco
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: Early COVID Patient Remembers Military Quarantine After Cruise Ship Outbreak
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