December 7, 2023 - Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office officials report that on December 4th, 2023, Air 101 was requested to assist with a sideshow at the intersection of N. Tegner Rd. and Fulkerth Ave. While helping with this call, an unrelated motorist pointed a laser at the helicopter, which presented extreme danger to our deputies. Officers with the Turlock Police Department made a traffic stop of the vehicle and arrested 37-year-old Brian Hoar, the only occupant of the car, for discharging a laser at an aircraft.
Please remember, if found guilty, the punishment for violating 247.5 PC may result in a fine of $2,000 and/or 3 years in State Prison. Due to aircraft being regulated by the FAA, laser-strike cases can be prosecuted on the federal level.
Source & photo: Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office