The day after the Canadian Government launched an awareness campaign about the dangers and consequences of pointing a laser at aircrafts, York Police have charged a 22 year old man.
Investigators allege the man pointed a laser at the Air2 police helicopter in Richmond Hill just after midnight this morning.
The chopper was returning from patrol when the pilot was struck by a bright light source that originated in the area of in the area of Silver Linden and High Tech Road.
The crew were able to direct officers to the location of the suspect and as a result 22 year old Valeri Korakhashvili, of Toronto was charged with endangering persons on an aircraft in flight and obstructing a peace officer
The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in the Town of Newmarket on June 29, 2016.
Health Canada advises that a split-second look into a laser pointer can result in a condition called flash blindness. This is similar to the effect you get during flash photography, where the image of the flash remains in your eyes for a few seconds, then fades away.
York Police say those who aim these pointers at aircraft are putting lives in danger, not only in the aircraft but on the ground. There is a serious potential for harm to the pilot and the prospect of a crash.