Officer David White with the California Highway Patrol says a CHP pilot was targeted last week over Fair Oaks.
"The cockpit illuminated by a laser. Instinctively, he looked and the laser hit him in the eyes. So, he had temporary blind ness real quick, but he used the camera system that's on the airplane which has low-light lenses -night vision- and they were able to find the suspect shining the lense."
The FBI's program will combine a billboard and public service campaign with rewards of up to $10,000 dollars for information that leads to the arrest of someone shining a laser at a plane or helicopter.
"I would best describe it as if you were in a completely darkened environment and your eyes were very much acclimated to the night and someone set off a flash camera right in your face. But, unfortunately, this sometimes can last for a much longer duration so it would almost be a continual flash like that for in my experience up to 45 seconds."
Targeting an aircraft with a laser is punishable by five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
If you're heading out to Sacramento area shopping malls this holiday season, you'll likely notice more police officers on patrol. Police say criminal activity historically ticks-up during the season.
Sac State police are reporting a sexual assault took place last Sunday on campus.
Ten days after a Grant Union High School football player was killed and a teammate was injured by gunfire, the Sacramento Police Department continues to ask for anyone with information to step forward.
Police are requesting help from the community in locating an individual responsible for a bank robbery.
The City of Modesto will soon be using surveillance cameras to fight graffiti and protect its water supply. About 50 cameras are being installed around town.