OKC Police Arrest Man Accused Of Pointing Laser At Air One - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

OKC Police Arrest Man Accused Of Pointing Laser At Air One

Posted: Updated:
“Air One” video clearly shows Ernst pointed a green laser at the police helicopter several times. “Air One” video clearly shows Ernst pointed a green laser at the police helicopter several times.
OKLAHOMA CITY -

An Oklahoma City man is accused of doing something in a fast-food restaurant drive-thru that could land him federal prison time.  The camera inside Oklahoma City Police Helicopter “Air One” recorded it all. 

Police say 23-year-old William Ernst was the front-seat passenger of a sedan that was in the Whataburger drive-thru line on 52nd and May around 1:30 Saturday morning.  “Air One” video clearly shows Ernst point a green laser at the police helicopter several times.  Police say pointing a laser at an aircraft can blind the pilot and cause major safety problems, and is a Federal offense. 

7/7/15 Related Story: Man Arrested In OKC For Pointing Laser At Police Helicopter

Police on the ground quickly caught up to Ernst and the woman who was driving the white sedan he was riding in.  Police arrested Ernst for public intoxication and two felonies. 

He has bonded out of the Oklahoma County Jail, but he wasn’t home when News 9 stopped by Wednesday afternoon. 

A woman who said she was a family member told News 9 she’s not convinced Ernst is guilty of anything. “All the comments that they’re saying about him being a thug, that’s not true.  He’s a momma’s boy, and he loves my mom.  He has a high school diploma.  He’s not a thug, he doesn’t have any kids.”

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Featured On News9.com

  • Consumer Watch

    Been a victim of a scam? The Consumer Watch team investigates and gives helpful advice.

  • Local News

    Get the latest breaking news, current events and headlines affecting Oklahomans.

  • My 2 Cents

    Join Kelly Ogle in a community conversation about important Oklahoma issues.

  • 9 Investigates

    Are you aware of incidents of fraud, corruption, government waste? We investigate.

Powered by Frankly
News 9
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
News9.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KWTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.