A Queensland man will face court today after allegedly shining a laser pointer at a police helicopter over the weekend.
The crew of PolAir2 were conducting airborne patrols in the Inala area when they were hit with the laser’s intense light on Saturday night.
Ground-based police attended a nearby home shortly after, seizing the laser and charging a 25-year-old with threatening the safety of an aircraft.
The man is due to appear in the Richlands Magistrates Court today.
In a similar incident in 2013, a 23-year-old man in New South Wales was jailed for thee years for pointing a laser at a police helicopter, and late last year a 40-year-old was fined $10,000 in Western Australia for a similar offence.
As we reported in October, despite the threat of large fines and jail time, incidents of laser pointers aimed at aircraft are rising—from 325 in 2007, to 587 in 2013.