Kissimmee teen arrested for pointing a laser at Sheriff's helicopter
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Osceola County Sheriff's deputies were in the area of Lucille Street and East Carroll Street in Kissimmee on Monday evening, investigating a disturbance with the help of a helicopter. While hovering over the scene, the pilot advised that he was temporarily blinded by a laser light.
The Aviation Unit was able to identify the location of the laser to a home on Dixie Lane. Deputies made contact with the homeowner who indicated she was home with her 17-year-old son. Deputies interviewed the teen who cooperated with the investigation. He told deputies he was playing in the backyard and shining the laser into the sky, but he did not realize it was illegal to shine a laser at an aircraft.
Based on his statements, the teen was charged with misuse of laser lighting devices and booked into the Osceola County Jail. Due to his age, he was released to his mother's custody.