Man indicted after temporarily blinding Columbus Police helicopter crew with spotlight


COLUMBUS (WCMH)-A Canal Winchester man has been indicted on two counts after he allegedly aimed a high-powered spotlight at a Columbus Police helicopter and blinded the crew temporarily.

Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said Earl Warren Boorn, 57, has been charged with one count of interfering with the operation of an aircraft with a laser (F2), and one count of possessing criminal tools.

Boorn allegedly shined the spotlight at the helicopter on May 18 while CPD officers were looking for a missing child in the Canal Winchester area.

The crew was able to recover, O’Brien’s office said. Officers found a Sport Spot 10 million candlepower spotlight in his home after determining the source of the light.

Boorn faces up to 9 years in prison if he is convicted.

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