Laser pointed into sheriff's helicopter

April 5, 2011 4:58:58 AM PDT
Authorities in northwest Indiana say someone flashed a laser into the cockpit of a sheriff's helicopter.

Two sheriff's pilots were patrolling over Gary not far from the Gary-Chicago International Airport Thursday when they say the light caused brief flash blindness and irritation that lasted until Sunday for one of the pilots.

Pointing a laser at an aircraft is a federal offense.