NC man sentenced after drunkenly pointing laser at helicopter

Christopher Lee Funk, who pleaded guilty to shining a laser at a helicopter. (Brunswick Co. Sheriff's Office)

OAK ISLAND, NC (WECT) – A man from Concord has been sentenced for aiming a laser pointer at a helicopter in Oak Island in 2014.

According to officials, Christopher Lee Funk, 35, was to sentenced in federal court Wednesday to 5 years probation and 200 hours of community service.

Funk was indicted last year after he reportedly aimed a laser pointer at a student pilot and flight instructor who were completing a nighttime cross country flight in a helicopter.

The student was attempting a practice landing when the helicopter was struck with a green laser.

Funk reportedly aimed the beam of the laser at the helicopter as it descended from 600 feet.

When the laser hit the helicopter it lit up the cockpit with a bright light making it very difficult to see outside. The student was able to land safely on the runway.

The student then needed to make another practice landing, and Funk again aimed the laser at the helicopter.

With the instructor’s help, officers were able to locate the area in which the laser originated.

Once the officers approached Funk he admitted he may have shined a laser at the helicopter. According to police reports, Funk said he was drunk and didn’t remember much about the incident.

The laser was seized and the case was investigated by the Oak Island Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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