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Police: Teen arrested after pointing laser at copter

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Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 5:06 pm | Updated: 3:56 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

A teenager has been arrested for allegedly pointing a laser at a Phoenix police helicopter, partly blinding a pilot.

Police say a 14-year-old boy is in custody in one incident and officers were looking for a suspect in a second incident.

Police say two officers were on air patrol in north Phoenix about 1 a.m. Monday when their helicopter was hit with a green laser from below.

The light from the laser blurred the vision of the pilot, who was forced to land at a nearby elementary school.

About 8 p.m. Tuesday, two officers were assisting with a felony search in a helicopter in west Phoenix when they were hit with a red laser from the ground.

Officers on the ground were able to find the teen suspect, who admitted to knowingly pointing the laser at a police helicopter. He was taken to the Juvenile Correction Center and may face charges of aggravated assault.

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