LOUISVILLE (WAVE) - Four people have been arrested after the pilot of the Louisville Metro Police helicopter reported laser beams being pointed at him as he was flying over the downtown area early Thursday.
Police say the helicopter was assisting with a traffic stop at 12th and Main Street around 1:30 a.m. when someone pointed a green laser beam at the cockpit - and LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell says that created a potentially dangerous situation.
"The pilot was momentarily blinded, which obviously in an aircraft that flies at a lower altitude than maybe a jet, obviously, or another type of airplane, could ... cause serious damage being over an urban area," Mitchell said.
The pilot called for backup, and followed the suspects as they drove across the bridge into Jeffersonville, then landed at the intersection of Court and Pearl Streets.
The four suspects then got back on the Kennedy Bridge and fled at a high rate of speed, but eventually left the vehicle and began running on foot. Police caught up with them on Interstate 64 West near the 9th Street exit.
Three of the suspects who were passengers in the car - 29-year-old Steven Springer, 25-year-old Brian Enlow, and 21-year-old Joy McElwain - were charged with wanton endangerment and fleeing from police.
The fourth person, 28-year-old Jason A. Hill, was taken into custody in Harrison County on other charges. A warrant out of Jefferson County has been issued for Hill.
Pointing a laser at any aircraft is a federal offense.