Orange County

Man accused of shining laser light at Orange County Sheriff’s Office helicopter pilot

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — An Orange County man was arrested after deputies said he pointed a laser light at a pilot.

Orange County deputies said they received a call about a person pointing a laser at an aircraft on Nov. 6.

The flight team from Chase 2 told the deputy that the laser was coming from a home in the 2000 block of Adela Avenue.

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Deputies said they approached Jason Ogle, who appeared to have some type of object emitting green light in his hand.

The Sheriff’s Office said Ogle quickly moved back into the doorway of the home and appeared to throw something into the home and closed the door.

A deputy told Ogle to get on the ground due to safety concerns.

Ogle was found to be in possession of a green laser pen, according to deputies.

Deputies said Ogle did spontaneously utter several times that he had shined the laser in the sky.

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Deputies said they contacted the flight team from Chase 2, who confirmed that Ogle struck the helicopter overhead several times with the laser.

Due to the continuous laser strikes, the pilot had to seek medical treatment for the incident.

Ogle was taken to the Orange County Jail, where he faces charges of pointing a laser light at a driver or pilot. Shining a laser at an aircraft is a third-degree felony.

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Katlyn Brieskorn,

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.