3 accused of pointing laser at police helicopter

June 20, 2011 5:55:56 AM PDT
Three north suburban men have been arrested after allegedly pointing a laser at a Chicago police helicopter.

The incident happened Saturday night in Old Town. Lasers can be dangerous because they can temporarily blind pilots.

The officers flying the helicopter notified police on the ground, and the men were apprehended on a rooftop. They were identified as Alvin Kang, 25, of Northbrook; Mark Lawrence, 25, of Winnetka; and Jeremy Smith, 24, of Skokie.

Each was charged with two misdemeanor counts of pointing a laser at an officer.