Aiming a laser pointer at any aircraft, let alone an Orange County sheriff's helicopter, is always a bad idea, as a 38-year-old Santa Ana man may be realizing Tuesday.
Gustavo Valencia Lopez was arrested and booked on suspicion of discharging a laser at an occupied aircraft, a felony, according to the Santa Ana Police Department.
Orange County Sheriff's Air Support unit "Duke'' relayed to a dispatcher around 8:35 p.m. Monday that a man was pointing a laser at the chopper from Thornton Park in the 1800 block of West Segerstrom Avenue, police said.
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"The suspect was in the playground area with his two kids and wife," according to a police statement.
"Duke guided officers into the location and the suspect was taken into custody without incident. A laser was found buried in the playground where Duke first spotted the suspect.''