A Dale County man has been arrested and charged with obstructing governmental operation.
Jacob Moseley, 44, of Daleville, was released from Dale County Jail on $1,000 bond following his arrest Oct. 7 by the Dale County Sheriff’s Department
Dale County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Mason Bynum said that DCSO received a report at approximately 10:30 p.m. Oct. 6 of a person shining a laser and high powered spotlight at military aircraft operating in and around Cairns Army Airfield in Daleville.
“The subject was shining a high powered spotlight into the cockpits of the aircraft as they were in the traffic pattern outside of Cairns Airfield,” Bynum said. “The DCSO Aviation Unit launched an aircraft to the area to attempt to locate the subject.
“While the DCSO aircraft was on final approach for the airfield the crew was hit with a bright spotlight illuminating the cockpit,” Bynum said. “The crew immediately took action and located the suspect behind a residence near the airfield.”
Bynum said the DCSO pilot landed the aircraft near the suspect’s residence as the suspect began to flee on foot. “The Tactical Flight Officer was able to exit the aircraft and began to chase the subject on foot into a wooded area,” he said. “The TFO Deputy took the suspect in to custody and he was turned over to deputies on the ground.”
The case has been referred to the Federal Aviation Administration and Federal Bureau of Investigation for further prosecution, Bynum said.