Man pleads guilty to shining laser pointer at Sky 4 helicopter
SAN ANTONIO -- A man has now admitted he shined a laser pointer right at the cockpit of our Sky 4 helicopter.
The man, 25-year-old Christopher Evans, entered a guilty plea in federal court Tuesday afternoon. Laser strikes are considered very dangerous since they can temporarily blind pilots.
Evans admitted that last October he aimed the beam of his laser pointer at the cockpit of Sky 4. He was standing in the parking lot of a medical clinic in Stone Oak, and we were flying north of the airport at the time. The pilot was hit three times with a high-intensity green laser. The pilot spotted where the beam was coming from, spotted the man, and police were notified. An investigation was then carried out by the San Antonio Police Department and the F.B. I.
Evans now faces up to five years in federal prison. Sentencing is now set for December 12th.