Teen charged with pointing laser at helicopter

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Teen charged with pointing laser at helicopter


June 21, 2009 04:53pm
Boy charged under new laser-pointing laws
Allegedly shone laser at a rescue helicopter
Chopper landed safely at Mareeba Hospital

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy who allegedly pointed a laser beam at an emergency services rescue helicopter has become the first Queenslander to be charged over such an offence.

Police Minister Neil Roberts said the boy was accused of pointing a high intensity laser beam at the helicopter while it was trying to land at the Mareeba Hospital helipad, in north Queensland, early this morning.

He said while the chopper landed safely it could have caused trouble.

"He was charged with endangering the safe use of a vehicle by directing a beam of light from a laser," Mr Roberts said.

"He is the first person in Queensland to be charged under legislation introduced last year and updated in May to curb this dangerous practice."

The boy is due to appear in the Mareeba Magistrates Court on July 13.

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