Pilot talks laser pointer incident

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Steven French was arrested Saturday for shining a laser in the direction of a Lexington Police helicopter.

Sgt. Scott May was in the cockpit at the time and was shocked to hear that what he thought was just a laser pointer was actually attached to a loaded 9mm pistol.

"When you combine the two elements of laser and gun, it's quite alarming to us," said May.

Video released from the Federal Aviation Authority shows what happens when a laser is pointed into the cockpit of an aircraft.

"When it flashes the helicopter, it just lights the whole windscreen up and temporarily blinds you," he said.

French said he did it because he was bored during his shift as a security guard at an apartment complex.

"Now, the next time this happens, we've got to step back and say, 'Is there a gun attached to this laser."

Sgt. May says people have flashed lasers at aircraft in our area before at EMS helicopters and even passenger planes at Bluegrass Airport.

French faces two charged of wanton endangerment.

Pointing a laser at an aircraft is a federal offense and we're told the FAA has been notified as well as the U.S. Attorney's Office.


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