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US: Pilots complain of pain; Philly man arrested
28 Jul 2011 -- Categories: Aviation incidents | Arrests
A Philadelphia police helicopter was lased multiple times during a routine patrol on July 27 2011. The pilot and co-pilot both complained of momentary pain and blurred vision, so police began to search for the perpetrator. They found Brian Lawhon, 23, with a green laser described as a black pen cylinder six inches long. The Hunting Park man was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, simple assault, causing or risking a catastrophe, and possessing an instrument of crime.
From NBC Philadelphia, CBS Philly, 6ABC.com and the Philadelphia Inquirer