AUSTIN (KXAN) – The man who pleaded guilty to shining a Laser pointer at an Austin Police Department helicopter was sentenced to two years in jail and three years probation.
Gabriel Soza Ruedas Jr., 25, admitted to a United States Magistrate Judge that he knowingly aimed the laser at the helicopter as it was on approach to land at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
Court documents show the helicopter aborted its landing to investigate the source of the laser, and air traffic controllers issued a warning to other pilots about the incident as they attempted to land.
The helicopter crew was able to relay location information to ground crews who apprehended Ruedas. The laser pointer was found in his pocket.