FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Top News

"Bored" California Man Points Lasers at LE Helicopter, Gets Jail Time

August 07, 2014  | 

Photo: Kern County (Calif.) Sheriff's Office
Photo: Kern County (Calif.) Sheriff's Office

Brett Lee Scott, 26, of Buttonwillow, Calif., has been sentenced to one year and nine months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for aiming a laser pointer at a law enforcement aircraft because he was "bored," United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, Scott used two different laser pointers to strike Air-1, a Kern County (Calif.) Sheriff’s Office helicopter, over a six-month period. The lasers emitted powerful green or purple beams. As a result, the pilots of Air-1 suffered flash blindness that lasted a few minutes, causing disorientation.

 The pilots were ultimately able to pinpoint the origin of the beams and, with the help of patrol deputies, identified Scott as a suspect. Both laser pointers in this case exceeded the legal power emission limit. One of the lasers was 17 times more powerful than what is legally permissible.

"This is a truly senseless crime, and a very serious one," said U.S. Attorney Wagner. "Defendants like Mr. Scott, who thoughtlessly point lasers at an aircraft for their short-sighted amusement, put lives at risk and create the very real possibility that a needless tragedy will occur. My office will continue to prosecute these cases vigorously and will work with the FBI and our local law enforcement partners to send the message that this behavior will not be tolerated."

Tags: Sentencing, FBI, Laser Devices, Helicopters, California, Kern County (Calif.) Sheriff's Office


Comments (4)

Displaying 1 - 4 of 4

John @ 8/7/2014 4:35 PM

Think you're bored now? Wait until your doing time in the joint! Haaa!

Capt. Crunch @ 8/7/2014 11:21 PM

Bubba, has a laser for him.

Capt. Crunch @ 8/7/2014 11:21 PM

Bubba, has a laser for him.

Lisa @ 8/11/2014 4:52 PM

I think its great that we go after these stupid people. Keep up the good work!

Join the Discussion





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Gamber-Johnson Announces Partnership with iKey
Gamber-Johnson, an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer of rugged docking stations and...
Pennsylvania State Police Bring in Armored Rook for Cop Killer Search
Police found empty packs of Serbian-branded cigarettes and soiled diapers believed to have...
Ford Offers "Surveillance mode" in New Police Interceptor
Ford has tweaked some on-board technology to warn if someone approaches the car from...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine