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Another laser pointed at helicopter

January 13, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
A Garden Grove man is in jail and accused of endangering a police chopper by shining a laser into the cockpit.The police helicopter was performing a routine patrol Sunday night over north Huntington Beach when the pilot was hit by a blinding laser.

Officer Mark Wershing said he was hit twice in the eye with the laser and nearly became nauseous.

Having a laser shined in a pilot's eyes could be potentially deadly if the pilot were to lose concentration and crash, officials said.

Ofr. Wershing was able to follow the source of the laser to 23-year-old Luis Chacon's house in Garden Grove, three miles away. Chacon was arrested and may face prison time, since shining a laser at an aircraft is a felony.

Aircraft pilots in Los Angeles and Orange County are routinely struck by lasers. Just weeks ago, a sheriff's helicopter was struck twice in the same night.


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