Officers said they found a laser pointer in Chapman’s right pants pocket when they arrested him.
One pilot said the laser hit him directly in the eyes, causing temporary blindness and lingering blurred vision, authorities said.
Chapman is charged with aggravated assault on an officer, pointing a laser at a pilot with injury, pointing a laser at a pilot without injury and resisting without violence, according to the sheriff's office.
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