Parlier, CA — (RT) A 10-year-old boy is waiting to hear if the District Attorney will file charges after he was discovered intentionally shining a high-powered laser at a police air support airplane in California.
The Air Support Unit of Fresno County Sheriff’s Office was on an assignment flying over the city of Parlier on Tuesday evening when the crew were distracted by a bright green laser that repeatedly flashed throughout the cockpit.
Video footage from the plane shows how the laser illuminated areas of the streets below in bright green light. “Looks like, probably, a little kid,” an officer can he heard saying in the video, after one of the crew uses the plane’s camera to zoom in on where the beam is coming from.
“Using the plane’s onboard camera system, our tactical flight officer was able locate a person outside a home who was aiming a laser pointer at the airplane,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post.
A police patrol car went to the house where the 10-year-old culprit was found. He’d been using a high-powered laser capable of reaching up to five miles to target the plane from his backyard.
The boy wasn’t arrested at the scene however the laser was confiscated and a crime report, with a charge of pointing a laser beam at an aircraft, is being submitted to the District Attorney’s Office and Juvenile Probation.
“It is important to note that the area where this happened is the path that commercial aircrafts fly for landing at Fresno Yosemite International Airport, so this action could have also caused a hazardous situation for their pilots,” the Sheriff’s Department said.
According to the Fresno Air Traffic Tower, there were 31 aircraft laser strikes reported in the Fresno area in 2016.