Teen accused of shining laser at police helicopter


Teen arrested after allegedly pointing a laser at a police helicopter

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Chula Vista police arrested a teenager Sunday night after he allegedly shined a laser pointer at a police helicopter.

The San Diego police helicopter reported that a green laser pointer was shined at crewmembers at about 9:40 p.m. The crew determined where the light was coming from and radioed the location to Chula Vista police.  Patrol officers found the teen lying in his yard at 295 Shirley Street when they arrived.

The boy was arrested and then released to his parents, police said. The crime was classified as a "wobbler", according to Chula Vista Lt. Phil Collum, meaning the teen could be charged with either a felony or a misdemeanor depending on the circumstances. The District Attorney will ultimately decide the charge, Collum said.

"It's dangerous to be pointing a laser at anyone," Collum said. "It's even more dangerous to be pointing a laser at someone who is flying an object overhead. And then lastly, it's against the law. Don't point a laser at helicopters or planes, or anyone else for that matter."

No one was hurt in the incident.

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