Philip Putter, of Hawthorne, arrested for allegedly aiming a laser beam at police helicopter

Philip Putter, 40, allegedly hit the helicopter with a green laser beam twice. (1/16/14)

WHITE PLAINS - The Hawthorne man accused of aiming a laser beam at a police chopper during a fireworks celebration turned himself in to federal authorities Thursday.

Philip Putter, 40, allegedly hit the helicopter with a green laser beam twice during the Fourth of July celebration at Kensico Dam in Valhalla.

Westchester County Police Aviation Commander Sgt. Vincent Antonecchio says this type of laser is very high in intensity and can cause temporary flash blindness to the flight crew.

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The U.S. attorney recommended Putter’s passport be seized, and that he continue with his mental health treatment and medications.

Putter has been released on $100,000 personal recognizance bond.
 

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