Man charged after pointing laser at police helicopter

The Canadian Press
August 19, 2015 | Vaughan, Ont.
By The Canadian Press
A 19-year-old man is facing charges after a bright laser was pointed at a police helicopter during in an overnight search in Vaughan, Ont. Investigators say the Air2 craft was assisting officers who were looking for a suspect on the ground at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday when it was struck by flashes of light.

A tactical flight officer used a camera system to spot three men on the ground, one of whom could be seen pointing what investigators later found to be a pellet gun mounted with a laser scope.

Officers say they went after the man but he ran away, hopped a fence, threw the gun and attempted to hide in some trees, where he was found by police dogs.

Nicholas Caranci was arrested and charged with mischief endangering life and two other charges under the Aeronautics Act and Canadian Aviation Regulations.

Police say laser pointers can be dangerous and that it could have caused the helicopter to crash.

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