Green Laser Pointed at Police Helicopter Results in Arrest of Phoenix Man

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Image: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
Conrad Rzewuski, 24, was arrested yesterday on suspicion of shining a green laser at a police helicopter.

A Phoenix man who allegedly shined a laser at a police helicopter was arrested with the help, naturally, of the pilots.

The chopper had been flying in the area of 2300 W. Port Royal Lane, south of Greenway Road, at about 10:20 p.m. when the flyboys noticed someone shining a laser at them.

With direction from the helicopter crew, ground officers found and arrested Conrad Rzewuski, 24. He was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on suspicion of two counts of endangerment, which is considered a class 6 -- or lowest grade -- felony.

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Image: Wikimedia Commons
Laser beams are cool, but playing with one might put someone's eye out.
​We asked Phoenix Sergeant Tommy Thompson this morning whether the laser was red or green.

Green ones are more dangerous to the human eye because the color is "more easily absorbed by the retina than red," the New York Times reported back in February. Some lasers being sold can be more powerful than typical pointers, too. That article also relates how in the last five years, the number of incidents reported in which people point laser pointers at aircraft has increased "ninefold."

Thompson tells us Rzewuski had used a green laser and recalled that last year, a pilot had to take time off work after a similar incident because of temporary blindness. Our other question: Just what makes someone do this?

"Foolishness," Thompson answers without missing a beat. "This guy probably had no idea he'd be sitting in a jail cell on two counts of endangerment."

Tempting as it may be, pointing lasers at aircraft just isn't a good idea.

If not for others, think about the fact that one of these flying targets could crash into you


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Green Laser Pointers
Green Laser Pointers

From the stupid dones,  pointing lasers at aircraft just isn't a good idea. ;lol 

Guest
Guest

Yeah....he's stupid alright.

Guest
Guest

Looks like its his first time being arrested. He won't be laughing like a goober after awhile.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Gu Burr,

Is his name.

Lazering choppers is his game.

Now he's lost and in the stir.

Gu Burr,

Is his name.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Why are they sold if they're such a potential blinding agent?     Maybe it's another one of those brilliant pieces of mental regurgitation foisted on us by our outstanding leaders, masters and rulers of space of time.

hipbilly
hipbilly

Have you ever been nailed with one of those "clever" green lasers? No fun; I assure you. Why do they sell firearms? People need to use their toys responsibly, that's all.

Jerle
Jerle

FYI, they're sold as aids in star gazing to help locate astrological objects.

vix
vix

Well put.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Amazing! And he looks like such a clever fellow, who could see this coming?

Mr. E
Mr. E

Either you're on too much Ibuprofen, or you think that a stupid grin on his face looks clever to you. I'll stick with the first poster's comment:

Moron.

vinceclortho1
vinceclortho1

Please google "Sarcasm"

Mr. E
Mr. E

Why? What's there to be so sarcastic about? You lee idiot can't see the sarcasm of my own comment that I assuming Mistalee is doped up on Ibuprofen? I loving Chinese food.

eat it
eat it

its the little things that escape Mr. E... probably too much E

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