Thursday, September 28, 2017

Suspect arrested for striking California Highway Patrol helicopter with laser

A suspect was arrested for allegedly striking a California Highway Patrol helicopter with a laser multiple times last week when it was helping San Leandro police search for a robbery suspect, CHP officials said.

The crew of Helicopter 30 was searching for the robbery suspect, who authorities described as violent, on Sept. 20 when the helicopter became illuminated by a green laser from a nearby neighborhood, according to the CHP.

Multiple laser strikes caused the helicopter's crew to stop searching for the robbery suspect because of the potentially dangerous effects of a laser strike, CHP officials said.

However, the H-30 crew was able to direct ground officers to the laser suspect's location and the suspect was arrested for pointing a laser at an aircraft, according to the CHP.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.sfgate.com

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