Orlando man accused of shining laser at helicopter

Joseph Parrott faces felony charges

ORLANDO, Fla. - An Orlando man was arrested on allegations of shining a laser pointer at an Orange County sheriff's helicopter.


The helicopter was overhead a building on East Colonial Drive near Knight Avenue early Wednesday investigating an attempted burglary when a nearby car was stopped at a red light, deputies said.  According to the Sheriff's Office, someone in the car pointed a laser at the windshield of the helicopter multiple times.

"He hit me about four or five times with a green laser," the helicopter pilot said in surveillance video released by the Sheriff's Office.  "I can't advise, guys, passenger or driver, but somebody's got a green laser in that car."

Joseph Parrott, 30, was arrested on charges of knowingly and willfully pointing a laser lighting device at the pilot of an aircraft, a third-degree felony. He was being held on $2,500 bond.

The state attorney's office was weighing whether to file charges against the driver, 55-year-old Steven Romano.

It's the second incident regarding a laser pointer and an aircraft in Central Florida over the last two days. On Tuesday, a teen was arrested in Osceola County.

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