2 accused of shining laser at plane, police chopper
SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE March 18, 2011 8:22AM
Updated: March 21, 2011 11:34AM
A man and a woman were charged with misdemeanors Friday after allegedly pointing a laser at a commercial airplane and a Chicago police helicopter near Midway Airport.
Shania Smith, 22, of the 8200 block of South Elizabeth Street, and Elvin Slater, 24, of the 400 block of West 60th Street, were each charged with two counts of discharging a laser pointer at a police officer and four counts of discharging a laser at an aircraft, Chicago police said.
About 8:30 p.m. Thursday, a commercial pilot notified Midway personnel after a beam of light was shined at the airplane. Chicago police were notified and the Chicago police helicopter was sent to the area, police said.
While in the same vicinity as the airplane, several beams of light were also shined at the helicopter, police said. The Chicago Police Department/Cook County Sheriff’s Police flight crew determined where the laser was coming from and directed officers on the ground to that spot.
Officers found Smith and Slater seated in a vehicle and with a laser, police said.
Smith and Slater were taken into custody in the 6000 block of South Stewart Avenue, police officer Hector Alfaro said.
No one in the plane or helicopter was hurt, Alfaro said.