The affect can be disorienting.
Man charged with shining laser pointer at Austin police
Typically, Tantaksinanukij said, a police helicopter crew will be out on a call when a person shines a laser at them. They will then attempt to pinpoint the location and send in patrol officers to investigate. Officers also investigate reports of laser strikes on private and commercial aircraft that are called in by air traffic controllers.
An Austin police helicopter pilot said incidents of people shining lasers at aircraft seem to have increased in recent years. Cpl. Wut Tantaksinanukij said he hears reports of people pointing lasers at private, commercial or police aircraft at least once a month.
Since 2007, Texas police have had the ability to issue a state charge called "illumination of an aircraft by intense light." It is a Class C misdemeanor, but can be upgraded to a Class A misdemeanor if investigators can prove the light impaired a pilot's ability to control the aircraft.
Austin police would not comment on Ruedas' case since it is ongoing.
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Gabriel Soza Ruedas Jr. could face up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted. Officials said it was the first federal arrest in Central Texas for the charge of aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft, which was signed into law in 2012. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas has only arrested one person on the charge previously, after a grand jury in February indicted a man Prada Tote in the El Paso area who was accused of shining a green laser at a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter.
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