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PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania man was charged with aiming a high-powered laser at a police helicopter cockpit during flight and blinding the pilot.
The FBI says 51-year-old Williamsport resident James Gautieri temporarily blinded Lt. Anthony Ginaldi as he tried to land the helicopter in northeast Philadelphia in April. Ginaldi had to turn over controls to a co-pilot.
Police say they kept their search light on Gautieri's location until officers on the ground arrived to arrest him. Federal prosecutors aren't discussing a possible motive.
Gautieri is charged with interfering with the operation of an aircraft and reckless endangerment. His defense lawyer hasn't returned a telephone call seeking comment.
Originally posted by Marrrlol I was under the impression that those lasers don't continue through glass.
not much a risk to eyesight but certainly dazzling.
Originally posted by Marrr
reply to post by craig732
Police bashing? How do you figure?
Originally posted by Exuberant1
More BS.... the police are lying.
Originally posted by VitalOverdosebet you they saw him shining the light at the chopper and just made the rest up ...