Crime

Fresno man pleads guilty in laser pointer vs. helicopter case

A Fresno man pleaded guilty to aiming a laser pointer at a Fresno Police Department helicopter, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner said.

Johnny Alexander Quenga, 28, said that he repeatedly struck Air 1 with a green laser attached to an airsoft rifle, the Department of Justice said.

As a result, the airmen experienced visual interference, flash blindness, after-imaging, a persistent headache lasting several hours and dizziness, the DOJ said.

Two Fresno police officers, who were responding to calls to assist in the investigation of the laser incident, were also seriously hurt when their patrol vehicle was broadsided at a busy intersection in northeast Fresno, the DOJ said.

Quenga is scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 19, 2016.

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