Ohio man jailed for pointing laser at helicopter

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge in Columbus has sentenced a 27-year-old man to 45 days in jail for pointing a laser into the cockpit of a hovering police helicopter.

Michael Rademacher had told officers he was bored when he shined the blue laser at the Columbus police helicopter on March 21. In court Thursday, he called his actions stupid.

The pilot of the helicopter, who had experienced other such incidents, said it was the brightest laser he had ever seen.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/17ipeQO ) reports that Rademacher pleaded guilty in September to one felony count of possession of criminal tools. In exchange, a more-serious charge of interfering with the operation of an aircraft with a laser was dropped.

The Federal Aviation Administration reported nearly 3,500 laser incidents involving aircraft last year.