This teen picked on the wrong pilot when he shone a laser beam at a police helicopter in Canada
Police in Canada have arrested and charged a 19-year-old after he pointed a laser at a police helicopter that was responding to a weapons call.
The Air2 helicopter was assisting officers by helping search for a suspect from the air when the pilot and tactical flight officer were temporarily blinded by a bright light.
The video, which has been released by police, shows the beam from the laser in the sky.
It then cuts to a shot of the three suspects, one of who appears to aim a gun-like object at the helicopter.
The suspect holding the object then starts running, discarding the item over a fence.
Little did he know, the helicopter crew were determined to track him down and put their infra-red cameras to use.
According to police, the suspect, Nicholas Caranci, fled on foot, hopping a fence, throwing the gun, then attempting to hide in a nearby wooded area.
However the chopper has already alerted dog teams to his location and it wasn’t long before he was caught.
The 19-year-old was charged with three offences and will face court in September.
The video shows just how vital helicopters are to night-time police searches, and the power of their cameras, as the co-pilot helped guide an officer to the laser’s exact location – despite being hundreds of feet in the air.
York Regional Police, who posted the footage to their YouTube page, appealed to the public about the dangers of lasers.
“Health Canada advises that a split-second look into a laser pointer can result in a condition called flash blindness.
“This is similar to the effect you get during flash photography, where the image of the flash remains in your eyes for a few seconds, then fades away.
“However, for a pilot in control of an aircraft flying over populated areas, the consequences can be serious.”
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