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Oak Island man indicted for aiming laser pointer at helicopter

RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — A federal grand jury has indicted a Brunswick County man on charges of pointing a laser beam at an aircraft in flight.

Investigators said Christopher Lee Funk, 34, of Oak Island, knowingly pointed the laser at a helicopter. If convicted, Funk could face five years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.

According to the Star News, the incident happened back in May of 2014. According to the paper, the pilot involved in this incident said the light refracted from the laser so intensely there was a chance they wouldn’t be able to safely land the aircraft.

The case is being investigated by the Oak Island Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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