Charges filed after laser incidents involving police Air Wing
In separate incidents overnight, police have pressed charges against two individuals accused of aiming a laser at the police Air Wing as it flew over Wyndham.
The first incident occurred while the helicopter was in flight over the Tarneit area around 9:40 pm on September 24th. Allegedly, a laser was repeatedly pointed at the aircraft. Following this, Air Wing officers directed ground units to an address on Hummingbird Avenue in Tarneit. At the scene, officers discovered a laser and subsequently arrested a 36-year-old Tarneit man. He now faces 21 charges, including endangering the safe operation of an aircraft, possessing a prohibited weapon, reckless conduct endangering life, and assaulting an emergency worker. The Tarneit man has been remanded and is scheduled to appear at Werribee Magistrates’ Court later today.
In the second incident, which took place at approximately 1 am on September 25th, the police helicopter was flying over the Werribee area when it was allegedly targeted with a laser. Air Wing officers coordinated with ground police units, leading them to an address on Bronson Circuit in Hoppers Crossing. Here, an 18-year-old man from St Albans was arrested. He now faces charges including endangering the safe operation of an aircraft, possessing a prohibited weapon, reckless conduct endangering life, committing indictable offenses while on bail, and assaulting an emergency worker. The St Albans man has also been remanded and is set to appear at Werribee Magistrates’ Court later today.