We're not sure what's crazier, that this guy allegedly pointed a laser at a California Highway Patrol helicopter (Note to self: When pointing lasers at flying objects, try to avoid the black-and-white ones), or that federal law provides up to 40 years in federal prison for just such an act of such stupidity.
Authorities on Friday arrested 19-year-old Cathedral City resident Nathan Ramon Wells on suspicion of interference with an operator of an aircraft and attempted interference of such an operator after he allegedly beamed a laser into the cockpit of the CHP copter in the desert community near Palm Springs on June 3.
The chopper was en route to assist with a nearby burglary call when the laser temporarily put the two-officer crew off course, according to a U.S. Attorney's Office statement. The pilot decided, eh, what the hell, let's find this laser-pointing idiot, and broke from the burglary call to track the suspect.
The copter pilot followed the laser to a moving vehicle, and the CHP air directed officers on the ground to stop the vehicle. Inside, they allege, was Wells and his weapon of retinal destruction.
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Wells faces as many as 20 years for each count (interfering and attempting to interfere).