Man arrested after allegedly pointing laser at CHP helicopter

jhickey@thetribunenews.comAugust 21, 2013 

Emilio Montenegro, 28, of Paso Robles was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, on suspicion of discharging a laser at an occupied aircraft and four unrelated warrants. Original story »

A man who allegedly shined a laser into the cockpit of a CHP helicopter as it flew over San Miguel on Tuesday night is now in San Luis Obispo County Jail.

Emilio Montenegro, 28, of Paso Robles is being held without bail on one felony count of discharging a laser at an occupied aircraft and four unrelated warrants. Since 2010, Montenegro has failed appear in court for the following allegations: felony and misdemeanor possession of controlled substances, felony grand theft of property exceeding $950, and misdemeanor spousal battery, court documents show.

Around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, the CHP asked the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office for assistance locating the person responsible for shining a laser into a CHP helicopter, Sgt. Steve Odom of the Sheriff’s Office told The Tribune.

“You are not allowed to shine a laser at any aircraft. Sometimes people use lasers as sighting tools for weapons, and you can blind the operator of an aircraft,” Odom said.

Odom was unable to immediately provide information about how Montenegro was located or where Montenegro is from.

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