COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--The Columbus Division of Police has released a Public Service Announcement about the consequences of pointing a laser at aircraft.
The video features testimony from 38-year-old Eugene Robinson, who was arrested in July of 2018 for pointing a laser at an airliner that was attempting to land at John Glenn Columbus International Airport, as well as hitting three different Columbus Police helicopter crews in the same night.
Robinson could have received up to 33 years in prison for the acts, which are a felony.
Robinson agreed to participate in the PSA as part of a plea deal.
Officers and pilots say the lasers can cause permanent eye damage, and can cause a danger to passengers on an aircraft, and those on the ground, should the aircraft crash.