Laser hits police helicopter over Rockingham, man arrested
A man who allegedly pointed a laser at a police helicopter south of Perth last night has been arrested.
The police helicopter was being flown over the Rockingham area when at about 9:15pm it was struck by a blue laser light several times.
The helicopter crew were able to track the laser light to a house on Waimea Road, Safety Bay.
Police officers went to the house and arrested a 22-year-old man after finding a blue laser pointer under his bed.
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The man has been charged with causing fear or alarm with laser or light to people in conveyances and is due to appear in the Rockingham Magistrate’s Court next Friday.
A WA Police Force spokesperson said laser pointers were extremely dangerous items to point at any aircraft.
"Laser lights have the potential to illuminate the cabin of an aircraft and cause immediate distress to pilots, who on most occasions need to take immediate evasive action to retain safe control of the aircraft they are flying,” the spokesperson said.
"This kind of offence creates a significant danger to those onboard the aircraft.”
The maximum penalty of the charge is a $36,000 fine or seven years in jail.
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