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Man charged with pointing laser at police helicopter

In Canada on August 17, 2010 at 21:24

CALGARY — Investigators have laid charges against a Calgary man after someone on the ground aimed a laser pointer at the city’s police helicopter.

The incident happened late Monday night, as the helicopter flew over the city’s northeast.

At about 10:45 p.m., someone projected a bright green beam into the chopper’s cockpit, prompting the pilot to take evasive action. The crew also donned protective eyewear and began searching for the source of the beam, with help from officers on the ground.

Police said the helicopter was hit with the laser at least two more times during the 30-minute search.

Patrol officers traced the source of the beam to a home. Officers arrested a man at the property and seized a high-powered laser, which police said is capable of instantly causing eye damage.

Jason John McConnell, 34, has been charged with one count each of obstructing a peace officer and mischief endangering life.

In addition to the criminal charges, McConnell has been charged with projecting a bright light source at an aircraft under the Canadian Aviation Regulation and dangerous behaviour lessening an aircraft crews ability to perform its duties, an offence under the Aeronautics Act.

© Copyright (c) The Calgary Herald

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