published on November 10, 2017 - 9:21 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

A federal grand jury indicted a Fresno man Thursday on a charge of pointing a laser at a Fresno Police helicopter.

After midnight of Oct. 22, Fresno police reported seeing a green laser in the helicopter, obstructing their ability to fly while responding to a domestic violence call.

Michael Vincent Alvarez, 32, was pointing a laser at the helicopter from a car while driving on Highway 99, police claim.

Police were able to find the source of the laser and a high-speed chase ensued between Alvarez and officers.

The chase continued until the suspect crashed into a center divider at First Street and Floradora Avenue in Fresno.

The suspect then ran into a neighborhood where police arrested him in the backyard of a nearby home. In the driver’s-side door pocket of the car, police found a laser pointer.

The case is being investigated by both Fresno police and the FBI and if convicted, Alvarez could receive up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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