Man arrested for allegedly pointing laser at police helicopter
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The former head of a condominium association was arrested for allegedly pointing a laser into the cockpit of a police helicopter, temporarily blinding the pilot, authorities said.
Peter Kontos, 33, of Newport Beach, was arrested Thursday. He is being held on $500,000 bond. If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison.
Police said Kontos pointed the laser at a police helicopter that responded to a burglary at the condominium complex where he lives on April 1. The pilot traced the beam – 30 times more powerful than a standard laser pointer – to Kontos’ home, police said.
“The pilot indicated the blinding green laser light struck the helicopter’s cockpit three times,” police Sgt. Bill Hartford said.
A search of Kontos’ home also yielded more than $100,000 in cash and several grams of cocaine, police said.
Kontos is a suspect in the embezzlement of more than $1 million in funds from a condominium association where he once served as president in 2002 and 2003.
Irvine lawyer Jeffrey Shields said he represented homeowners and the condominium association in a case against Kontos for his actions as president.
“We had a court-ordered special election to recall him, and then when the new board came in, embezzlement was discovered,” Shields said.
A $1.6 million judgment was obtained against Kontos, the lawyer said.
Yeah, so it’s really smart to try to blind a police helicopter pilot with a laser because of noise when you have $100K and a bunch of coke in the house and a criminal record. Really, really smart.
2 thoughts on “HUrrrrrrRRrrr dUhhhhh”
Also, really hard to actually do. Maybe “Pissed off the Pilot by attempting to blind him” is more acurate.
Karma Karma Karma, This is one sick, dumb, drug abusing thief!!!