BROWNSVILLE — A 20-year-old Brownsville woman was jailed for nine hours early Sunday following her arrest on a charge of aiming a laser beam at a U.S. Border Patrol helicopter that was in the air.
Yesenia Lisbeth Diaz told Brownsville police that she didn’t think “that (the laser beam) would reach that far,” police spokesman J.J. Treviño said.
The incident happened shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday near West Alton Gloor Boulevard.
Treviño said authorities received a call from Border Patrol agents that a laser beam had been pointed at one of the agency’s helicopters. The agents were able to tell police that the laser beam was coming from a location on Frankfurt Street, which is located off West Alton Gloor Boulevard, near Edward Manzano Jr. Middle School and Keller Elementary School.
Police went to a house in the 2600 block of Frankfurt Street and spoke with Diaz, who admitted she aimed the laser at the helicopter, but said didn’t think it would reach that far.
Diaz was arrested and charged with one count of illuminating an aircraft with laser point, a Class C misdemeanor.
A 28-year-old Donna man was sentenced earlier this year to 18 months in federal prison for aiming a laser at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter.
Authorities said Margarito Tristan III aimed a green laser at a CBP helicopter conducting a night training operation near Weslaco.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the pilots were “illuminated by a green laser” and their eyes became “irradiated by the laser causing them disorientation.”
Authorities were able to trace the laser to Tristan, who admitted that he used the laser to illuminate the helicopter.