Crime

New bail set for Tacoma man charged with pointing laser at pilot

A Tacoma man charged with repeatedly shining a laser into the cockpit of a Washington State Patrol plane is again behind bars.

Pierce County prosecutors issued a warrant in December after Aaron Huffman, 27, didn’t show up for a hearing. He has pleaded not guilty to first-degree unlawful discharge of a laser in connection with the Aug. 31 incident.

At a bail hearing Tuesday, Superior Court Judge James Orlando ordered Huffman held in lieu of $10,000 bail.

The State Patarol plane was flying at 1,700 to 2,000 feet as troopers searched for drunken drivers below.

The two troopers in the plane noticed a laser flash across the cockpit. The pilot used infrared imaging and a mapping program to find its source and directed troopers on the ground to the site.

Huffman, who was at his home on River Road, allegedly told troopers he didn’t know the plane overhead was a State Patrol aircraft.

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