Teenagers arrested after dazzling helicopter pilot with laser beams
Two teenagers are facing massive fines after trying to bring down a police helcopter with a laser beam.
Police say the pilot was dazzled by the bright light but thanks to his flying expertise, he managed to avoid a disaster.
In fact, he even managed to catch sight of the culprits, tracked where they were running to and called for reinforcements.
Both boys are said to be “minors” but could be fined as much as 600,000 euros under the law because the offence is deemed so serious.
The incident happened in the Vilassar de Dalt region of Barcelona when the police helicopter with the Mossos d’Esquadra squad was carrying out routine patrols.
“The pilot had noticed the beam on several occasions on three different days,” said a spokesman. “On the first occasion, a flashlight was aimed at the helicopter, then a laser pointed directly at the pilot who was dazzled. This is a very serious offence which can cause distractions and an accident.”
The two boys were later found mixing with another group of teenagers in the area. All the incidents happened whilst it was dark.
Courts can impose a fine of between 30,000 euros and 600,000 euros.