Oak Island man pleads guilty to pointing laser at helicopter

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Christopher Lee Funk
Christopher Lee Funk

An Oak Island man, who pleaded guilty to pointing a laser at a helicopter this week, will be sentenced in U.S. District Court in August.

Christopher Lee Funk, 34, pleaded guilty to a charge of aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft on Monday, according to federal court records. Funk was indicted on the charge on Oct. 22, 2014.

Oak Island police officers arrested Funk in May 2014 and charged him with pointing a laser at a helicopter that was attempting to land at Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Oak Island, according to Oak Island Police Chief Van Eddinger.

Funk was at an Oak Island home that was in the helicopter’s flight path. He was arrested after the helicopter pilot told police from which home the laser was being pointed, Eddinger said.

According to Eddinger, Funk was inebriated and still had the laser pointer on him when police went to the home to investigate the pilot’s claim. Oak Island police alerted the FBI and the Federal Aviation Administration after an initial investigation.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Funk could face up to five years in federal prison for the charge. He is scheduled for sentencing on Aug. 3 in Wilmington before U.S. District Judge James C. Fox.

Christina Haley is a crime reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6337 or Christina.h@portcitydaily.com.