Police arrest man for laser pointer, South Australia

A man has been arrested after he allegedly pointed a laser at the police helicopter last night.

About 10pm on Thursday 24 June, police were performing duties in the police helicopter (PolAir) in the southern suburbs when a laser was pointed at the aircraft.

Members in PolAir notified Southern District patrols who immediately attended a Port Noarlunga South address and arrested a 27-year-old occupant. He was charged with acts likely to cause harm, prejudice safe operation of an aircraft and use or have possession of a prohibited weapon.

He was refused police bail and will appear in the Christies Beach Magistrates Court later today.

Superintendent Craig Wall, Officer in Charge of Special Tasks and Rescue Group says “Doing this is not only irresponsible but also puts the safety of the helicopter and subsequently the pilot and SAPOL crew at risk. The police helicopter regularly engages in life saving operations and having this type of incident occur, detracts from the urgent task they should be concentrating on.”

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