As if fighting crime isn't dangerous enough.
The flight crew was in the skies above Newington Forest Avenue and Winding Way at about 5:15 a.m. Feb. 12, searching for a culprit in an unrelated case. As they hovered around the neighborhood, a green laser light and a white light suddenly appeared and blocked their view. They couldn't see the ground or their equipment.
Officers later figured out that the lights came from a home on the 7800 block of Blue Jasmine Court. A man who lived there, 47-year old Raymond Poli, was arrested on March 4.
Police said they believe Poli shined the lights because he was irritated by the early-morning chopper noise.
Poli faces a slew of charges including interfering with the operation of an aircraft, endangering life and obstruction of justice.
Interfering with the operation of an aircraft is not only a knucklehead move, it can land you in jail for up to five years and cost you $2,500 in fines.