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Spokane Valley man arrested for pointing laser at helicopter, deputies


Spokane County Air 1 helicopter flight crews report someone on the ground with a laser pointer shined it in their eyes Saturday night just after 11:30 p.m., while they were on patrol over Spokane Valley.

The laser strike was reported to Spokane Valley patrol deputies who responded to the 800 block of North Van Marter to look for the suspect, later identified as 32-year-old Brandon J. Neeser.

Air 1 crews directed deputies on the ground to where Neeser was standing on the back deck of a house. Deputies identified themselves and told Neeser to show his hands, but instead, Neeser pointed the laser pointer at deputies. Fortunately deputies recognized the laser was not connected to a gun.

Deputies took Neeser into custody without further incident and recovered a multicolored LED laser light. Neeser told deputies he “thought it would be funny” to point the laser at the helicopter, and said he didn’t know it was a crime. He said he pointed the light at deputies because they were pointing lights at him.

Neeser was booked into Spokane County Jail on two counts of Unlawful Discharge of a Laser.

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