Skip to comments.Ajax man charged in laser beam incident (pointed a laser at a police helicopter)
Posted on 04/07/2010 3:07:08 AM PDT by Clive
AJAX, Ont. - An Ajax man is facing multiple charges after allegedly pointing a small, hand-held laser beam at a Durham Regional Police helicopter on Saturday.
Police say the helicopter was over Ajax, east of Toronto, assisting officers who were trying to locate a suspected impaired driver when the crew was struck by an intense light. The pilot had to take immediate evasive action and descended rapidly to avoid the laser.
The crew used infrared technology to identify a suspect on the ground, and police arrested the 19-year-old without incident. A laser-pointing device was also located.
Brendon Schoenwald is charged with obstructing police, common nuisance, mischief to property and endangering life under the Criminal Code. He was also charged under the Canadian Aviation Regulations for projecting a directed bright light at an aircraft and under the Aeronautics Act for dangerous behaviour.