Fort Lauderdale man accused of using laser pointer at BSO pilot, mimicking police vehicle – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A man faces a number of fees after a video allegedly caught him pointing a laser at a Broward Sheriff’s Office helicopter in Fort Lauderdale.

He will not be solely accused of using a laser but additionally pretending to be an officer, in response to deputies.

The BSO chopper was within the air Friday night time after reckless drivers have been reported apparently doing doughnuts within the center of a busy road across the 1200 block of Northwest fifty fifth Street.

Police stated 18-year-old Alex Singleton was behind the wheel of a automobile not solely pointing the laser at the pilot but additionally using crimson and blue lights that mimic that of a police automobile.

The Federal Aviation Administration stated laser pointers can incapacitate a pilot by inflicting glare or what’s known as flash blindness, making it tough to see after publicity to excessive depth gentle.

Aiming a laser pointer at a pilot is towards federal legislation.

Singleton was taken into custody quickly after he was noticed by the chopper. He instructed police that he did use the laser pointer within the path of the helicopter, however he didn’t imply to.

In addition to going through fees of using that laser pointer, Singleton additionally faces fees of obstruction of police and resisting arrest.

As for the laser pointer, he can also face a civil high-quality of as much as $11,000.

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