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Lincoln’s man was arrested after aiming a laser at a Nebraska State Patrol helicopter

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska)-Nebraska State Patrol troops arrested a man after he aimed a laser at a patrol helicopter Friday night.

The patrol claims that aiming a laser at an aircraft is a federal offense as it constitutes an in-flight emergency.

At around 10 p.m., the patrol pilots left Lincoln Airport to help the Lincoln Police Department with an operation, according to a press release.

Shortly after takeoff, the pilots reported a “laser blast” on their helicopter, the patrol says.

While searching for the origin of the laser, the pilots reported further “laser hits”.

Eventually, the soldiers were able to locate 42-year-old Lee Cimfel, who was aiming a laser at the helicopter from a trail near Salt Creek.

Lincoln Police officers were then sent to Cimfel’s location and he was taken into custody, the patrol says.

Cimfel was arrested on second-degree assault charges after consulting with the Lancaster County Attorney’s Office.

The laser hit was reported to the Federal Aviation Administration, according to the patrol.

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