Man arrested on suspicion of pointing la Mesa
Mesa police have arrested Phillip Merrell, 30 years old, on Oct. 26, on suspicion of pointing a laser pointer at a Mesa police helicopter.
Police stated that Merrell aimed the helicopter's laser pointer as it flew across an area east of Southern Avenue and Signal Butte Road. The pilots provided an approximate location to officers on the ground from which the laser originated.
According to Mesa police, responding officers found and arrested Merrell, who told investigators that he didn't know it was illegal to point a laser at the aircraft. The day before, police suspect Merrell also pointed a laser at a Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport commercial aircraft.
On one count he was booked pointing a laser at an occupied aircraft as well as one count of risk involving the risk of imminent death. Extra information about his court case was also not instantly available.