(Lilburn, Ga., November 9, 2020) – Gwinnett County Police Officers arrested a man on Nov. 9 after he pointed a laser at a police helicopter that was searching Misty View Trail for a stolen vehicle. It was just after 9 p.m. when a green laser was pointed at the cockpit area of the aircraft.
According to a press release from GCPD, the pilot of the helicopter was able to guide officers to the location where the person was pointing the laser. Officers met with Fredy Contreras, who initially denied pointing the laser at the aircraft. However, when confronted with the fact that he was on video pointing the laser, he admitted to officers that he he had done it for fun.
Contreras was arrested for using a laser against an aircraft. The case will also be referred to the FAA to be presented to the US Attorney’s Office for possible federal prosecution.
“Pointing a laser at an aircraft is extremely dangerous as it can hinder the pilot’s ability to handle the aircraft and interfere with the equipment on board. The police department wants the general public to know that this is unlawful,” GCPD public information officer Cpl. Collin Flynn said in the press release.