RICHMOND (CBS SF) — A California Highway Patrol helicopter patrolling Sunday night was flashed several times by a laser pointed at them from a Richmond neighborhood, authorities said.
The CHP reported the incident at about 6:20 p.m. and released a video of it. The pilot and the flight of the craft where not impacted by the strikes.READ MORE: New Facebook Whistleblower Says Executives Shrugged as Algorithm Stoked Hate, Misinformation
Pointing a laser at an aircraft is against both state and federal laws with fines of up to $11,000 possible.
In December, a CHP helicopter was among several planes targeted with lasers over the skies of Oakland.READ MORE: CDC Approves Wide Range of Options for COVID Boosters
“They were taking those lasers and shining them back to the helicopter,” CHP Flight Officer Shaun Bouyea told KPIX 5 during the December incidents in Oakland.
Bouyea said the CHP chopper was flashed while flying over a sideshow near 42nd Avenue in East Oakland. Video shows the suspect flashed a green laser repeatedly at the helicopter.
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There have been no arrested in the incidents.