SAGINAW, Mich (WLNS) – A Saginaw-area man who is suspected of shining a laser into a State Police helicopter cockpit has landed in hot water.
Officers say the man told them he bought the laser because he thought it was “cool”. They also say the man told them he didn’t realize he was aiming it at a police helicopter when he lit up the cockpit, on the third try, on the night of March 18.
According to our media partners at MLive, the man was located when the pilots pinpointed his location on the ground and patrol officers found and interviewed the man.
There are no Michigan laws against pointing a laser into an aircraft cockpit but it is a federal offense.
If convicted, the man could be sent to prison for up to five years.
In January a State Police helicopter was hit by a laser over Saginaw and last week a laser lit up a police helicopter over Detroit. No arrests have been made in those incidents.
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