Man arrested for pointing laser light at helicopter

Thursday, April 29, 2010 | 9:59 a.m. CDT; updated 10:27 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 5, 2010

ST. CHARLES— A St. Charles County man is arrested for allegedly pointing a green laser light at a police helicopter.

Authorities told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of interfering with an aircraft. Pilots noticed the light illuminating their cockpit about 9:40 p.m. Tuesday as they were patrolling about 700 feet above Interstate 70 in O'Fallon.

Sheriff's officials said the laser was coming from a parked car. The helicopter pilot and an officer with him radioed dispatchers and aimed their spotlight at the car until deputies arrived minutes later.

The suspect could face federal charges. The Federal Aviation Administrations said laser pointers have become a growing problem for aircraft.

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