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Man arrested for allegedly shining strobe light at Sheriff's helicopter

Posted: 1:18 PM, Mar 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-25 16:18:58-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — According to the Kern County Sheriff's Office, a man has been arrested for shining a strobe light at a KCSO helicopter on March 22.

Around 10 p.m., KCSO crew members reported someone flashing a light at the helicopter, disrupting safe operations. Someone used a high-powered flashlight with a strobe function and tracked their descent to the hangar, making it "impossible" for the crew to see, according to KCSO.

20-year-old John Howten was arrested and booked on PC 248, a charge of "shining light at an aircraft to impair operation". KCSO says it will be considering federal prosecution as well.