A man who shone a laser pen into the cockpit of a police helicopter has been jailed.
Alexandru Gheorghe targeted the helicopter with a bright green laser as it was flying over Warwick at around 10.20pm on May 6.
The 28-year-old a of Heronfield Close, Redditch, was jailed for four months for directing a laser beam towards a person providing air traffic services.
He pleaded guilty to the offence on Wednesday (October 14) at Warwick Crown Court.
PC Jenn Fitchew from Warwickshire Police said: “Gheorghe was identified following a quick response by patrol officers working closely with NPAS using thermal imaging and comparing this with CCTV images at the premises where he was.
“Shining a laser beam at any, land/water vehicle or aircraft is not only a criminal offence but it can also be dangerously distracting to the pilot and crew on board and have potentially catastrophic consequences.
“Thankfully no damage was caused in this instance but it was an incredibly dangerous act as the helicopter was flying over a built up area and could have crashed.
“I hope that Gheorghe’s sentence acts as a deterrent to others and highlights the dangers of this crime, which often goes undetected.”
Using descriptions from CCTV and NPAS, officers were able to identify the source of the laser.
The source was located as coming from a premises on Rothwell Road.
They alerted officers who attended the suspected address.
A search was carried out and a laser cap was seized.
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