10/16/2010

Philly teen charged with shining laser at police helicopter

Shined a laser pointer into the cockpit of a city police helicopter, temporarily blinding the pilot

By Troy Graham
The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia teenager was convicted Thursday in Family Court of shining a laser pointer into the cockpit of a city police helicopter, temporarily blinding the pilot.

Struck more than five times by the light, the pilot was so disoriented that he had to turn over the controls to his copilot, Assistant District Attorney Nicole Siller said.

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