Sacto 9-1-1
April 17, 2013
Roseville man booked after laser is shined on jet and CHP helicopter

A Roseville man is suspected of using a laser pointer to shine onto aircraft.

Roseville police said that on April 12 a commercial airliner crew reported that a high-powered laser beam was pointed at them. The beam came from somewhere in northwest Roseville.

A California Highway Patrol helicopter crew narrowed the origin of the light to the area of Pleasant Grove and Woodcreek Oaks boulevards. However, the CHP was not able to find the exact source that night.

The next night a CHP helicopter crew was the subject of a laser hit coming from the same general area. Roseville police officers responded, and, with help from the CHP crew and citizens, were sent to a house in the Saint Andrews subdivision.

Officers confiscated a flashlight-sized blue laser light and arrested a 21-year-old Roseville man on suspicion of discharging a laser at an aircraft, conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. A teenage boy was also arrested and taken to juvenile hall, according to a police safety bulletin.

Roseville police said pointing a laser at aircraft is against state and federal law. Laser strikes can temporarily blind pilots.

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