Party on Siesta Beach leads to arrest for pointing laser at LEO helicopter

SIESTA BEACH, Fla. - A 20 year old man is in jail after Sarasota sheriff deputies caught him pointing a laser at their law enforcement helicopter.

It all started when deputies responded a large party of underage kids out on Siesta Beach late Friday night. Small fights started to break out amongst the crowd of 500 people causing the deputies to need support from the air.

While the sheriff's office helicopter was over the scene assisting with the situation below, someone from the ground aimed a green laser at the cockpit.

The flight crew were able to keep control of the aircraft while leading deputies on the ground to the person who aimed the laser.

Castaneda Aroldo, was taken into custody. He faces one felony charge of misuse of a laser lighting device.

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