A Vaughan teenager has been charged after a police helicopter was struck by a laser pointer.
York Police say the incident occurred on Sunday when 19 year old Nicholas Caranci pointed a laser at the Air2 police helicopter in the area of Highway 7 and Pine Valley Drive.
The pilot and a tactical officer noticed the light originating in the area of Jenna Court when 3 men were seen standing next to a vehicle and one of them was pointing a gun with a laser at the chopper.
Officers with the Canine Unit and Emergency Response Unit responded to the suspect’s location and tracked him down after he fled the scene and disposed of the gun which turned out to be a pellet gun with a laser scope mounted on it.
Caranci is charged with Mischief Endangering Life, Unlawfully Engage in Behavior that Endangers an Aircraft – Aeronautics Act, Project Bright Light Source into Navigable Airspace – Canadian Aviation Regulation
He is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in the Town of Newmarket on September 18, 2015.