Wed, Jun 27, 2007
New Legislation Could Mean Five Years In Prison
Police in Tulsa, OK arrested a man Monday for pointing a laser
at a helicopter. Not just any helicopter, either. This one had cops
The officers were in the air searching for an auto theft
suspect. After being "painted" by police, that suspect fled. The
helo followed the fleeing car until ground units were able to
locate it, according to the Associated Press.
"During the search the helicopter was painted with a green
laser," a police report says.
Zachary Carpenter was found at his residence with a high
intensity green laser in his car and was promptly arrested,
according to police.
Carpenter, 23, was arrested on complaints of "pointing a
weapon/laser at police officer," eluding and traffic complaints,
according to jail records.
As ANN reported, it doesn't
matter if you are a terrorist or a prankster -- if you shine laser
pointers at airplanes, you could be facing up to five years in
Under legislation approved in May by the House of
Representatives, the use of cheap, handheld laser pens "presents an
imminent threat to aviation security and passenger safety," said
House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) before the
voice vote to approve the measure, according to the AP.
The National Transportation Safety Board has documented two
cases where pilots sustained actual injury to their eyes and were
incapacitated during critical phases of a flight.
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