Arrest made over laser strikes on rescue helicopter

Gore Police yesterday arrested a 33-year-old man in relation to laser strikes on the Otago Rescue Helicopter at about 7:30pm on 22 May.

The man appeared in Gore District Court today, 12 June, charged with endangering transport.

Endangering transport is a serious offence which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment.

The pilot and crew members on board the aircraft at the time were uninjured but justifiably angry about the incident.

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