St. James man arrested after pointing laser at aircraft, police helicopterSt. James, NY (SmithtownRadio.com) – A St. James man pointing a laser at aircraft was located after pointing the laser at a responding police helicopter.
David Smith, 21, pointed a green laser at a fixed wing aircraft Friday evening, police say. The pilot notified the Federal Aviation Administration and Suffolk police responded.
Suffolk County Police Department Helicopter Four, piloted by police officers Frank Lombardi and David Williams, arrived on the scene and was too met with the green laser. In conjunction with ground units, Suffolk police located Smith at his home on King Arthurs Court.
At approximately 10:45 p.m., Suffolk County Police arrested Smith and charged him with Obstructing Government Administration 2nd Degree. The case has also been referred to the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Terrorism Task Force, who may pursue additional charges.
The investigation is continuing.