November 21, 2012 - Michael Brandon Smith, 35,
formerly of O’Fallon, Missouri, pled guilty to
pointing a laser at Metro St. Louis Air Support
Police helicopter on May 18, 2012.
According to court documents, on May 18, 2012, a
St. Louis Metro Air Support Police helicopter
was engaged in a routine police patrol. At
approximately 10:00 p.m., the helicopter was
dispatched to a call of a possible burglary in
progress at a school located near 200 Meriwether
in St. Charles County.
As the helicopter began a search of the
Meriwether property, the pilot and observer
noted that the helicopter was struck several
times by a green laser beam. When the beam
struck the glass of the helicopter, it impacted
the vision of the pilot and observer. As a
result, the helicopter had to pull away from the
search of the Meriwether property.