DALLAS (AP) – A North Texas man has been sentenced to six months in federal prison after pleading guilty to aiming a laser at a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter.READ MORE: Mesquite Mayor, Pastor Hosts Prayer Vigil For Murdered Teen Key'Mydre Palmer Anderson
The DPS aircraft traced the laser to Austin Lawrence Siferd. The 24-year-old Cleburne man was arrested after the crews of eight commercial airliners flying near Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport reported having a laser pointed at them the night of July 19 and early the morning of July 20.READ MORE: Inside The North Texas Molecular Lab Working To Speed Up COVID-19 Test Results
No crewmembers or passengers were hurt, but the Federal Aviation Administration said controllers changed the flight paths of the aircraft, which continued on to DFW airport, Dallas Love Field or Alliance Airport in Fort Worth.MORE NEWS: Downsizing And Simplifying Big Factors In North Texans' Gravitating Toward 'Tiny Homes'
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