A “really stupid” man shone a laser pen at the police helicopter while it was looking for a missing person, a court heard.
But West Yorkshire police were able to pin point the light source and track down culprit, Lee Gary Greenway.
District Judge Adrian Lower, outlining the case at Wakefield Magistrates’ Court, told how the force’s eye in the sky was involved in the search for a high-risk missing person late on July 31 when Greenway, 25, shone a laser pen at the aircraft.
But the court heard how the helicopter was able to determine Greenway’s location on Wakefield Road, Featherstone. He was later arrested.
The judge added: “He apologised for his actions and described his actions, which I don’t suppose anybody would disagree with, as ‘really stupid’.”
Greenway appeared in court on Monday where he admitted acting in a way likely to endanger an aircraft.
Judge Lower told Greenway’s defence solicitor, Lynda Wood, that the case was far too serious to be dealt with in a magistrates’ court.
The judge, ordering an all-options pre-sentence report and committal for sentence at Leeds Crown Court, said: “I’m not prepared to sentence you given the serious nature of the of the offence you have committed.”
Greenway was bailed pending sentence in Leeds on September 8. No indication of sentence was given.