Police in Sarasota County, Florida, said they arrested a man who aimed a laser at a helicopter that was working on hurricane recovery on Tuesday night, October 4.
According to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, 44-year-old Nick Davidson of Nokomis was arrested on a felony charge after he shined a laser at Air-1, a helicopter that was assisting on a nearby fire. The area had been affected by Hurricane Ian the previous week and was under a declared state of emergency, officials said.
The sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook, “As many of you know, our helicopter pilots are currently assisting with damage assessments, guiding ground units in areas where street signs have been destroyed and providing aerial support to other law and fire agencies while we all navigate the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. Not only are Davidson’s actions dangerous, but they have the potential to flash blind and cause long-term damage to the visual capabilities of our pilots.” Credit: Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful