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The arrest of a Columbus man involves the use of lasers, amphetamine, and aircraft



Indianapolis, Indiana – After being caught on camera pointing a laser at his police car on Saturday night, a Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputy took into custody a guy from Columbus, Indiana.

Over the previous week, the Sheriff’s office has gotten multiple reports about someone pointing a laser at airplanes near Columbus Municipal Airport.

A Sheriff’s Deputy was sent to the airport area after receiving another report on Saturday night, but he was unable to locate the laser’s source.

Twenty minutes later, the deputy saw a black passenger automobile near I-65 on U.S. 31 emitting a green laser. The deputy’s patrol car was the target of the laser at that moment.

Following a traffic stop, Columbus resident Christopher Clem, 49, was recognized as the driver. Two laser devices, crushed prescription pills, and methamphetamine were discovered throughout the inquiry.

In Clem’s car, the deputy also found a firearm.

Clem told the Deputy that he had pointed a laser at airplanes that were passing overhead.

After being taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, Clem faces accusations of dealing in controlled substances, possessing methamphetamine, pointing a laser at a public safety officer, and possessing a controlled substance. Because Clem has a firearm, all charges are increased.

Federal investigations are still being conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration and the United States Air Marshalls.