Dallas man indicted in laser shining at aircraft

DALLAS (AP) — A 37-year-old Dallas man has been indicted on a federal count of aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft in the laser shining on a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter.

A U.S. attorney’s statement says FBI agents arrested Orlando Jose Chapa on Wednesday and made his initial federal court appearance in Dallas on Thursday.

According to the indictment filed on Sept. 16, Chapa knowingly aimed the beam laser pointer at a DPS helicopter on May 30, 2015.

If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to five years in prison and fined up to $250,000.

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Federal records list no attorney for Chapa, whose personal telephone number is not listed.