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Brunswick Co. man indicted, accused of shining laser at helicopter

Posted October 22, 2014

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— A federal grand jury in Raleigh on Wednesday returned an indictment against a Brunswick County man arrested earlier this year for allegedly shining a laser pointer at a helicopter.

If convicted, Christopher Lee Funk, 34, could serve up to five years in prison and have to pay a $250,000 fine, prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

The Wilmington Star-News reported in May that Funk is accused of shining the beam and blinding the aircraft's pilot while she was trying to land on Oak Island.

Authorities told the newspaper that Funk was drunk at the time.

The FBI offers up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of anyone who intentionally aims a laser at an aircraft.

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  • babylaceycarpenter Oct 23, 2014

    Why don't we make more laws to curb acts like this?

  • LocalYokel Oct 23, 2014

    Why is aircraft safety so much more important than highway safety to the FBI?

    The FBI does not prosecute people that endanger the safe travel on the interstates with long prison terms and high fines.

  • euimport1 Oct 23, 2014

    some hobby ...

  • Itsmyopinion67 Oct 22, 2014

    Good for the courts!! NOT ONE MORE!

  • lsdhome Oct 22, 2014

    If this guy is found guilty, the court should destroy him financially and put him away for a long time.

  • fireman1234 Oct 22, 2014

    Throw the book at him!