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.