Sacto 9-1-1
October 21, 2013
Two Roseville teens arrested for pointing laser at CHP aircraft

Two Roseville teenagers were arrested Saturday night for allegedly pointing a laser at a CHP aircraft.

"We're having the DA evaluate the case," said Dee Dee Gunther, spokeswoman for Roseville police. "They could be charged with pointing a laser at an aircraft, which can be a felony."

Brian Levenstein, 18 (pictured) was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was released from Placer County Jail Sunday on $2,500 bond.

A 14-year-old boy was taken to Placer County Juvenile Hall. He was also believed to have been released.

At 10:09 p.m. Saturday, Roseville police got a call that a couple of people were seen using a green laser to blind drivers in the area of Manzanita and Alta Vista avenues.

"While officers were responding, we received a report that a CHP aircraft was hit with a laser in the same area,' said Gunther, adding that the CHP report came in 10 minutes after the initial call.

When officers arrived, they spotted two boys running and detained them. A laser was found.

"We're having the DA evaluate the case," said Gunther. "They could be charged with pointing a laser at an aircraft, which can be a felony."

She said Roseville police gets a report of someone pointing a laser at aircraft about once a year.

"What people don't realize is that when you point a laser into the sky, by the time it hits an aircraft, that beam can be three feet wide, and it can blind the pilot," she said. "It's against common sense to blind a pilot flying over your neighborhood. People don't always think things through."

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