GENEVA COUNTY, Ala(WDHN)—After a joint operation with the Geneva County Sheriff’s Office and state officials, Kevin Newton Neslund, of Slocomb, has been arrested and charged with resisting arrest and interference with governmental operation.
On September 28, the Geneva County Sheriff’s Office was contacted with a complaint about lasers shining into military helicopters that were flying South County Road 9 in Slocomb. GCSO learned the lasers had been coming from the same area for nearly 3 weeks.
The GCSO executed a plan to fly a state helicopter around the same area at 8:30 p.m. in a similar way to military training helicopters. Ground units were staked out in the general area.
According to the GCSO, when the state helicopter flew into the area units saw a laser hit the aircraft. Officers on the ground approached a suspect revealed to be Neslund, and claim he was confrontational.
Officers say when they saw something black in Neslunds hands that he was attempting to hide, they seized and constrained him. They were able to determine that Neslund had a flashlight and a handheld laser which emitted a green light.
The GCSO is working with the Federal Aviation Administration and other federal officials to charge Neslund under the Federal Code.
Shining lasers at aircraft is a violation of federal law.
The case is still under investigation.
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