Transcript for New Crackdown on Laser Lawbreakers
He's a winner took aim at sheriff's helicopter in -- blinding the pilot from the ground below. But the pilot -- a high tech gadget of his own and it didn't take long to track down the nineteen year old suspect. For more here's ABC's Clinton send out. But routine midnight patrol suddenly gets alarmingly bright -- -- struck Gregory later. It happened early Monday to a Seminole County Florida sheriff's helicopter the beat complete. -- -- the choppers cameras and lights up the cockpit. The latest in an alarming trend here's the problem on the ground the -- is tiny but just a few hundred feet away. Pilots say in the cockpit a becomes a dangerous distraction. Lasers can cause blindness and disorientation so serious pilots say it threatens their lives and passengers to sense the feds began tracking laser strikes in 2005. Incidents have jumped 11100%. Nearly 4000 last year. So for the first time all FBI field offices are now offering a 101000 dollar reward. To -- -- down in Florida deputies followed the laser right to their suspect later -- -- -- nineteen year old Trevor -- note is now facing felony charges thousands of dollars in fines and up to five years in jail. Part of a new crackdown on laser lawbreakers. Clayton -- LA BC news Denver.
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