A man faces up to five years in prison after he was caught aiming a laser pen at a police helicopter, endangering the lives of the crew on board.
The helicopter was assisting ground officials in a vehicle stop in Walsall, West Midlands, when the bright beam shone into the cockpit on January 17.
Video footage of the helicopter shows the laser being aimed at the plane, blinding the pilot before he was quickly arrested by police on the residential street.
The National Police Air Service (NPAS) said the perpetrator now faces up to five years in prison for endangering an aircraft.
A man was arrested after being caught pointing a laser pen at a police helicopter
Video footage of the helicopter shows the laser being aimed at the plane, blinding the pilot before the man was quickly arrested by police
The man faces up to five years in prison for endangering the lives of people on board the plane
Sharing the footage on social media, the NPAS said: “Last night we assisted West Midlands Police in a vehicle stop in Walsall.
“We were attacked with a laser pointer, fortunately emergency services were nearby and the perpetrator was arrested red-handed.
‘Offenders can be identified in seconds and sentenced to 5 years in prison.’
The head of NPAS flight operations, Captain Paul Watts, previously said after a man was jailed over a similar incident: “Laser strikes are a serious problem.
The helicopter assisted officers on the ground in a vehicle stop in Walsall, West Midlands
“The effects on a pilot are at least distracting, but can be severe enough to cause temporary ‘flash’ blindness and, in some cases, permanent eye damage.
“That could be dangerous.
“Those who carry out this dangerous action must expect arrest. We will always pursue law enforcement with the full support of our fellow police officers.’
West Midlands Police have been asked for comment.
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