A Virginia man was arrested last week after shining a laser pointer at a police helicopter actively searching for a person running from authorities.
Fairfax County police said its helicopter, Fairfax 1, was helping Virginia State Police search for someone who ran from troopers on March 10 around 11:25 p.m.
While in pursuit, the helicopter’s crew saw someone pointing a laser at the chopper from an apartment complex.
Using the aircraft’s FLIR system, the crew discovered the laser came from a balcony apartment in the 9200 block of Ashland Woods Lane.
Detectives from Fairfax County’s Special Investigation Division identified the person responsible as a 25-year-old man.
He was arrested for interference with the operation of an aircraft, which is a class 1 misdemeanor in the Commonwealth.
“Pointing a laser at an aircraft is illegal and also a very bad idea when that aircraft is a police helicopter,” Fairfax County police said on Facebook.
The man, who was not identified by name, was released on a secure bond, according to Fairfax County police.