CENTREVILLE, Va. — A northern Virginia man is facing criminal charges after authorities say he pointed a laser at a police helicopter.

Fairfax County Police on Tuesday announced charges against 45-year-old Carlos Zapata Rivero of Centreville.

According to police, their helicopter, Fairfax One, was returning to its hangar Saturday night when it was hit multiple times by a blue laser.

The helicopter crew used an infrared camera to identify the vehicle where the laser was originating.

Zapata Rivero is charged with shining a laser at an aircraft, a misdemeanor in Virginia.

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