- Associated Press - Thursday, December 14, 2017

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say they’ve arrested a Florida teenager for pointing a laser at a sheriff’s office helicopter.

News outlets report that Manatee County deputies arrested the 15-year-old boy after tracking the source of the laser to his Bradenton home Tuesday night.

Sheriff’s spokesman Dave Bristow says the helicopter was helping deputies on the ground find a suspect in another investigation when light began shining into the cockpit and into the eyes of crewmembers. Officials say patrol units responded to the boy’s home and found him in possession of a laser pointer.

The teen was taken to a juvenile booking facility. It wasn’t immediately clear what the boy was charged with, but federal law prohibits shining a laser at an aircraft.

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