A man in Central Florida was charged with shining a laser into the cockpit of a Florida Highway Patrol airplane as it was attempting to land Saturday.
Officer J.C. Pollack said he was landing his airplane at Orlando Executive Airport early Saturday morning when the cockpit filled with a blinding green light.
“The flash of green light was so bright that I temporarily experienced blindness. After a few seconds, I regained my vision and looked out the left window of the aircraft in an attempt to determine the source of the light,” Pollack wrote in his police report.
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He spotted the green light at a construction site near the airport before it again was pointed into his cockpit.
Guillermo Negron Roque, 47, was arrested after admitting to using the laser and charged with pointing a laser light at a pilot, which is a felony. Negron Roque told troopers he didn't intentionally shine it at Pollack's plane, according to Pollack's report.
Negron Roque was being held in the Orange County jail Saturday evening. Online jail records didn't list a lawyer for him.