HUrrrrrrRRrrr dUhhhhh

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.

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