Just after 1 a.m., an Orange County sheriff’s helicopter was orbiting deputies in patrol cars, who were responding to a report of a possible commercial burglary, according to Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
The helicopter pilot was able to locate where the laser was and directed the deputies in patrol cars to the 27000 block of Cranbrooke Drive, near El Toro Road and Santa Margarita Parkway, Amormino said. The helicopter pilot was able to land the aircraft — nicknamed Duke — safely at John Wayne Airport, Amormino said.
Martin Eugene Miller was arrested and booked on suspicion of discharging a laser at aircraft and was being held on $20,000 bail, Amormino said. Deputies recovered the laser, he added.
Laser pointers “can temporarily blind a pilot,” Amormino said. “It’s illegal and very dangerous.”