Man indicted after temporarily blinding Columbus Police helicopter crew with spotlight

COLUMBUS (WCMH)–A Canal Winchester man has been indicted on two counts after he allegedly aimed a high-powered spotlight at a Columbus Police helicopter and blinded the crew temporarily.

Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said Earl Warren Boorn, 57, has been charged with one count of interfering with the operation of an aircraft with a laser (F2), and one count of possessing criminal tools.

Boorn allegedly shined the spotlight at the helicopter on May 18 while CPD officers were looking for a missing child in the Canal Winchester area.

The crew were able to recover, O’Brien’s office said. Officers found a Sport Spot 10 million candlepower spotlight in his home after determining the source of the light.

Boorn faces up to 9 years in prison if he is convicted. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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