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CLEARWATER (CBSMiami/AP) — Generally, something isn’t a good idea when it ends with an arrest.

A Florida man has been charged with pointing a laser at a law enforcement helicopter.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office helicopter was monitoring a fire in Clearwater early Sunday when its crew spotted the laser coming from a nearby yard.

A sheriff’s office statement says 48-year-old Brian Harting shined a red laser at the helicopter three times from his backyard.

According to the statement, Harting told deputies that he did not know it was illegal to aim a laser at the aircraft.

Harting was charged with felony misuse of a laser lighting device and held at the county jail. Bond was set at $25,000.

Jail records did not show whether Harting had an attorney. He had been released from the jail Feb. 10 after posting bond on a heroin possession charge.

(© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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