ESSEX, Md. (WJZ) — A 31-year-old Baltimore County man is charged with pointing a laser at a police helicopter last month.

Police said the incident happened on July 26 around 12:30 a.m. when the suspect stood in front of his home in the 1700 block of Earnhart Road in Essex and allegedly pointed a laser through the cockpit of a Baltimore County Police helicopter.

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At the time, the county police’s aviation unit was flying over Eastern Boulevard and Orville Road assisting officers with an unrelated investigation.

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Officers flying the helicopter located the suspect, Brandon Dunevant, and he was quickly arrested.

Dunevant is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on a no bail status.

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The Baltimore County Police Department takes these acts very seriously. Pointing a laser pointer at an aircraft is extremely hazardous to the flight crew and to people on the ground.  It should be noted that pointing a laser pointer at an aircraft is a misdemeanor that carries a $2,500 fine or up to three years jail time.