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

Posted October 22, 2014 1:39 p.m. EDT
Updated October 22, 2014 1:51 p.m. EDT

— 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.