Mike Madriaga 12:30 p.m., March 30
Sheriff's helicopter "struck by laser"
At around 12:30 this morning (June 8), San Diego Sheriff Deputies Dollard and Brown report being "struck repeatedly by a green laser" while flying over La Mesa.
The deputies employed an infrared camera to locate 34 year-old Fernando Arrolando from his apartment balcony on the 5300 block of Baltimore Avenue.
La Mesa Police were dispatched to the apartment, where Arrolando admitted to using a 20 milliwatt laser to illuminate the helicopter. The laser pointer device (similar devices are advertised online as having a range up to eight miles) was confiscated, and Arrolando was booked into jail on five counts of discharging a laser light at an aircraft.
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