Teenager charged after pointing laser at police helicopter

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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.1 Teenager charged after pointing laser at police 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.

 

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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.

 

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York Regional Police, who posted the footage to their YouTube page, appealed to the public about the dangers of lasers.

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“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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