Nokomis man charged with pointing laser a sheriff’s helicopter

Nokomis man arrested for pointing laser at helicopter
Published: Oct. 6, 2022 at 7:40 AM EDT
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NOKOMIS, Fla. (WWSB) - A Nokomis man was arrested Tuesday and charged with pointing a laser at a sheriff’s office helicopter, authorities said.

The helicopter was assisting crews responding to a fire in the area at about 9:45 p.m. when the pilot was hit with the laser, deputies said.

Infrared video taken by the helicopter’s camera shows a man trying to hide behind a tree after pointing the laser at the aircraft.

The suspect was seen walking into a nearby home, where deputies responded and arrested Nick Davidson, 44.

Shining a laser at an aircraft is a federal crime, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Laser light causes glare, and at higher power levels, can also cause temporary blindness.