Teens pointed laser light at helicopter, Volusia deputies say

Published On: Apr 25 2013 03:15:41 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 25 2013 06:31:31 PM EDT

Volusia County deputies issue a word of advice on the Sheriff's Office Facebook page: Don't shine laser lights at aircraft or cars.  It's dangerous, and it's a crime.


Two Deltona teens were arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of shining a laser light at a law enforcement helicopter that was flying overhead.

According to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, deputies found the two 19-year-olds sitting on a porch on North Hartley Circle.

The teens said they had been playing with a green laser pointer for the past few weeks because, as one stated, "It's the coolest thing since sliced bread," according to deputies.

Law enforcement officials had responded to the area in the past in response to complaints of someone shining a laser at motorists but were unable to find the culprits at the time.

Dan Jones, not only was he blinded by a laser pointer, he was hit with what he thought could be BBs, ruining his windshield.

He wasn't the only one. A driver called 911 after he spotted two "kids" shining a green laser and throwing possible rocks or BBs.

When the deputy arrived to help the caller, the deputy, too, was hit with the laser. The report says the teenagers had been doing it for weeks up until Wednesday night when they shined it at a law enforcement chopper.

"Somebody could've been hurt. A lot of people were probably scared,, but hey as long as they were caught and no one was really hurt," said Jones.

The Sheriff's Office said the teens admitted that they were the ones responsible, and they were arrested on multiple charges of pointing a laser light at a driver or pilot, a felony.  

The teens were booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach.

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