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Oct 26, 2010

Laser Pointer Prank Lands Teen in Federal Prison


19-year-old Nathan Ramon Wells last year saw a California police helicopter and decided to aim a laser pointer at it, causing the pilot to suddenly change course during a burglary investigation. Now he's going to federal prison for 15 months.

According to the Los Angeles Times, in June 2009 Wells was in his car in Cathedral City, California aiming the green laser pointer at the cops and, after diverting the crew from the investigation, the pilot spotted him. He was arrested when police found the laser pointer in his car. What an idiot. He could have at least thrown it out the window when he noticed the police helicopter tailing him. Or maybe he didn't notice the chopper tailing him or the patrol cars called in for backup. Either way, now he's going to federal prison for 15 months, and will be on supervised release for three years afterward. That's harsh, bro.

Here's video of a British police helicopter being viciously targeted by a laser pointer from the crowd at a music festival. You can clearly see that it's dangerous, but 15 months in federal lockup seems like overkill.

47 comments:

Lepoidim said...

Yeah they should be jailed, very dangerous

miecak said...

Pretty harsh, but it's a silly prank anyway.

honkhonkpt said...

I can see how this can be dangerous, but I think that 15 months is overkill.

Matte said...

Indeed!

Copyboy said...

He should have swallowed it. Then he could've pretended he was ET later with his friends (and stay out of jail).

mrmobilegamer said...

15 months and 3 years under supervision? Cruel and unusual much?

Han said...

The things shouldn't be so available. Then again, it takes a fucking idiot to shine one at a helicopter, he deserves to be taken out and taught some sense.

JP said...

nah im pretty ok with the length of the sentence, kids think they can do whatever they want

Dbankai said...

15 months is quite harsh, but damn thats a powerful laser pointer

RoboBrain said...

Considering that he was interfering with a chopper, and that certain weapons are fitted with green lasers..This kid got what he deserved in my opinion.

BökChöd said...

This is hypocrisy at its best. Just this year deliberately blinding laser guns were released to local police force with the intention of temporarily blinding assailants for any investigation. Although this is probably reckless behaviour, it seems stupid that shining a green laser at a flying object is now a prison-worthy crime. Dumb.

razortek said...

fucking interesting!

That Stoner Kid said...

Sucks for that guy

Czikita said...

cOME AT ME BRO

Christine said...

but, 15 months is quite a long time for that kinda prank Oo

Yllsa said...

Lesson of the day:

Don't be an asshole with a laser pointer.

zorancro1 said...

15 monts its damn to long

Jakey said...

15 months?! That's just crazy..

Savage Nugget said...

LOL laser pointers are the cause for much distress, both by the user and any person it comes across. :D

Touch and Feel said...

This kid deserves what he got for being an idiot.

Hiphop Rising said...

hahahah damn thats pretty funny, im not sure about the length of the term though

rembrandtx said...

Great blog. Love it.

JRam said...

Great statistics.. never knew that if it hits the eye of the pilot, it can blind the pilot for 2 seconds.

SiriusUnrelated said...

It's a silly prank but they need to learn not to dick around.

DavidMade said...

They should go to hell for that..

ERDNUSS said...

don't fuck with da police.

search for Officer Bubbles!
hes from canada...

arrested some hippies because she made some bubbles

Randy Weezner said...

oh man thats howls....stupid fuckin kid

Swift Love said...

that's too harsh of a punishment

AdPlusCommunications said...

That kid is just... wow.

Bart said...

lol wtf? how? why?

Derpy Dude said...

sound reasonable to me. he is over 18 and should know better.

Dan said...

dang, I have to make sure I don't point mine at anything flying.

Zalecodone said...

Sounds harsh but then again, it's a very stupid thing to do. He learned his lesson the hard way :¤

¡ɥsoſ said...

Love it!

NarwhalMinded said...

What a dum-dum...

Sage said...

that sucks for him :-/

Ishu said...

That's awful, maybe that wasn't his intention....but ohh well

Adub said...

yeah that was a dumb thing to do

Alixander said...

Those green ones are really bright and they do blind you. I've been shot with one of those. 15 months is overkill, but it is quite a big hazard.

Torey Taylor said...

Pretty harsh for a prank. But who knows really.

Applelove said...

I want one of those lasers.

Pope Smurf said...

Man, that's just plain stupid.

Clement said...

yeah the kids are damn idiots but this seems like an over reaction i dunno

Willow said...

So stupid, those green pointers go further then any of them..

BunnySMG said...

Complete bullshit. At best this should be a $250 fine. Three years in prison is outrageous.

DJ Name Brands said...

seems like a bit much

Oxygen for Everyone! said...

What an idiot, you should never do that. Very dangerous, you could easily cause crashes. those green lasers are incredibly bright, even at far distances (i own one)