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Green Laser Shone at Police Helicopter Crew

June 21, 2015 11:24 AM | News

Winnipeg Police CrestAn 18-year-old man has been charged with mischief after allegedly shining a green laser light at the Winnipeg police Air 1 helicopter.

Police were originally called to the Red River Ex grounds just after midnight on Sunday for a group of males causing a disturbance.

While Air 1 was scanning the area, the helicopter was struck by a laser on several occasions, filling the cockpit with bright green light.

The suspect then fled in a vehicle travelling southbound on the Perimeter Highway. Ground crews eventually caught up with him in the area of Setter Street. Officers also seized the laser pointer.

The man also faces a charge of projecting a light source into navigable airspace.

He was released on a promise to appear.

— Staff