Man arrested for aiming laser pointer at Dallas police chopper

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by JON SASSER

WFAA

Posted on January 28, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 28 at 7:19 PM

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DALLAS — A Dallas man is facing serious charges after investigators say he pointed a laser at one of the Dallas Police Department's Air One helicopters.

It happened at about 3:50 a.m. Monday near Hillburn Drive and Lake June Road in Southeast Dallas. Police were searching for burglary suspects in a wooded area and called in the aircraft for help.

While the chopper was searching, police said a man pointed a green laser at it from his backyard.

Kenneth Santodomingo, 22, was later arrested and taken to the Lew Sterrett Justice Center. According to the incident report, the laser impaired the pilot and affected his ability to control the helicopter.

The pilot helped officers on the ground find the backyard where the laser beam originated. Santodomingo was inside the house.

After telling him that the pilot filmed the laser blasts, the suspect admitted to it, the police report says.

"I wanted to see how far it would go," Santodomingo told officers.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified of the incident. Santodomingo is charged with illumination of an aircraft with a laser pointer.

Last week, a Detroit-area man was sentenced to a year in prison for aiming a laser at a helicopter.

The intense light emitted by a laser —  even a low-power model — can result in permanent eye damage.

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