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Man charged after allegedly pointing laser at helicopter

A Bluffdale man could face up to 20 years in prison for allegedly pointing a laser at a National Guard helicopter as it flew near his home in February.

Joshua D. Park, 30, was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday with one count of interference with the operation of an aircraft.

The indictment states that on Feb. 19, Park "willfully and with reckless disregard for the safety of human life, interfered with a person engaged in the authorized operation of an aircraft."

If convicted of the charge, Parks could face a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

A summons will be issued for Parks to appear in court for his arraignment.

— Ethan Thomas