Contact Us
Bergenfield Daily Voice serves Bergenfield, Dumont & New Milford
Return to your home site

Menu

Bergenfield Daily Voice serves Bergenfield, Dumont & New Milford

Nearby Towns

Breaking News: #JusticeForGio: Garfield Special Needs Resident Dies, Hunt For Hit-Run SUV Continues
DV Pilot police & fire

Feds pursuing laser directed at NJ State Police helicopter during chase

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

Federal investigators are trying to determine who flashed a green laser into the cockpit of a State Police helicopter that was monitoring a weekend chase. “That’s a federal offense,” said N.J. State Police Sgt. Stephen Jones. North Bergen police searched the area that their state counterparts said the laser originated. Now the FBI and federal aviation authorities are getting involved.

Police were chasing three men who jumped from a stolen pickup truck on Meadowlands Parkway and disappeared into the meadows.

Jones said no one in the chopper was affected. But that doesn’t make it any less of a crime.

What many people may not understand is the Patriot Act clearly defines “interference with an aircraft,” which can include shining a laser into a cockpit, to prevent pilots from reading their instruments, as an offense punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.

Welcome to

Bergenfield Daily Voice!

Serves Bergenfield, Dumont & New Milford

Get the news you need to know on the go.

Welcome to

Bergenfield Daily Voice!

Serves Bergenfield, Dumont & New Milford

Hi! You've read our articles so we know you like our reporting. To keep reading please join our mailing list.

Get important news about your town as it happens.