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Penalty for Laser Strike on Ferry

A Washington resident was assessed a $9,500 civil penalty for interfering with the safe operation of the Washington State Ferry (WSF) 144 car Olympic Class Tokitae as it prepared to dock at Clinton by shining a high-powered blue laser at the vessel on October 22, 2015.

Mark Raden of Freeland was aboard the WSF Kitsap transiting between Mukilteo and Clinton when he pointed the laser at the Tokitae, striking the vessel’s master and chief mate in the eyes and endangering the 106 passengers on board.

Raden, who has a history of lasering incidents, also pled guilty to reckless endangerment in Island County Superior Court for his conduct and was ordered to serve 15 days in jail, perform 240 hours of community service, and pay $3,740.89 in restitution to the master and chief mate. He will also serve 24 months of probation.