LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators have arrested a man for allegedly pointing a green laser beam at a Los Angeles police helicopter.

Lt. Sunil Dutta says 22-year-old Brandon Hicks was booked at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday for investigation of pointing a laser at an aircraft, which could lead to a felony charge.

City News Service says the laser was pointed at a police helicopter patrolling the North Hollywood area at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Investigators say officers were led to the home by the pilot and Hicks was found in the garage with the laser nearby.

The Federal Aviation Administration says lasers can blind or distract pilots and damage eyesight.

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Comments (5)
  1. Mother Earth says:

    Kids will be kids…but he was 22 years old….So I must say….What a stupid adult…not thinking of what could happen….Clearley he has no judgement, or just did not think of the consequences befor doing such a stupid stunt like that…Think befor you react…And that goes to each and every person…including my self

  2. mister s says:

    There have been plenty of stories in the news about people being areested for pointing lasers at aircraft, just about everyone should know better and he likely knew what problems he was causing. He was probobly laughing while blinding the pilots…… right until he ended up in cuffs.

  3. Buck says:

    No jail time. A small fine. An 30 days trash pick up. Is the norm for this. Saw it while I was fighting a ticket

  4. Paul Castillo says:

    I find it amusing that people will say this was just a stupid act by a young man but then we will charge a 14 year old as an adult for major crimes, Does anybody else see the absurdity here?

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