A 41-year-old man was charged Tuesday with pointing a laser at a Huntington Beach police helicopter pilot.

Brett Wayne Parkins was accused of pointing the laser at the helicopter pilot just before 8:45 p.m. Sunday, said Jennifer Carey of the Huntington Beach Police Department.

The pilot managed to triangulate the location of the laser and saw the suspect retreat to his apartment, Carey said. When police searched the apartment they “found a green, high-powered laser,” Carey said.

“There have been a lot of recent reports with this area by Huntington Beach and other aircraft,” Carey said. “It has been happening pretty frequently in this one specific area.”

Parkins was charged with two felony counts of discharging a laser at an occupied aircraft. He pleaded not guilty at an arraignment in the jail courtroom in Santa Ana and was ordered to return to court Aug. 10 for a pretrial hearing in the West Justice Center in Westminster.

Lasers are dangerous to point at aircraft because it can blind the pilot and cause a crash.

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