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: Sacramento Highway 99 Closure Now In Place: How To Get Around It
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: Traffic Troubles: Saturday Construction On Highway 99 Leads To Congested Side Streets
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: Footwear Fundraiser: Stockton Teen's Desire For New Shoes Leads To Efforts To Help Others
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