Man Learns that, Even at Walmart, Shining a Laser Pointer at a Cop is a Crime

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When a pantsless young man runs into his backyard in the wee hours of the morning and shines a laser pointer at a police helicopter overhead, criminal charges are sure to follow.

But what if you're in a Walmart checkout line fully clothed and decide to test that new light-emitting gadget you literally just purchased on that cop standing over yonder? Monumentally stupid to be sure, but criminal?

A Mr. Evans (his first name isn't listed in a police report) set out for the Walmart Supercenter at LBJ and Forest Lane early this morning in search of an answer. Actually, it was probably more a spur-of-the-moment thing, but either way. It was 3:45 a.m. He had a freshly unwrapped laser pointer in his hand. Stephen Vineyard, a Dallas police officer in full uniform, was standing not far away.

He shone the light and let it dance on Vineyard's chest, then moved it up to his eyes.

Thinking the red beam was from a laser gun sight, Vineyard grew alarmed. Then, once the temporary blindness passed, he grew angry. He placed Evans under arrest according to DPD's writeup, then let him go after giving him a ticket.

Turns out, pointing a laser pointer at a cop is a crime. Let's hope that answer satisfies Evans, since it'll cost him as much as $500. Of course, he could have gotten the same answer from the Texas Penal Code or by visiting laserpointersafety.com, which offers a state-by-state glossary of laws governing the devices.


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23 comments
sophee
sophee

Stupidity should be outlawed.

Americano
Americano

I guess if you unwrap your kids light saber and wave that around, they shoot you dead.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Bully with badge bullies customer he is supposed to be protecting, and does it under color of law.

Sadly, not really news.

Steve
Steve

I am all for people who fuck with cops getting the fucking shit beaten out of them.

observist
observist topcommenter

I wonder what % of lasers pointed at people are gun sights as opposed to presentation pointers?

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

At that time of night one can count on a less than ideal decision making process. Did he get to keep the laser?

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

We could put an end to all this procreation if we just put more gay juice in the water and turned all these little fornicators into little homos. Then, they could have all the sex they want and no babies!

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

We could put an end to all this procreation if we just put more gay juice in the water and turned all these little fornicators into little homos. Then, they could have all the sex they want and no babies!

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

We could put an end to all this procreation if we just put more gay juice in the water and turned all these little fornicators into little homos. Then, they could have all the sex they want and no babies!

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

We could put an end to all this procreation if we just put more gay juice in the water and turned all these little fornicators into little homos. Then, they could have all the sex they want and no babies!

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

We could put an end to all this procreation if we just put more gay juice in the water and turned all these little fornicators into little homos. Then, they could have all the sex they want and no babies!

John1073
John1073

In that neighborhood, there's plenty of stone cold sober people out at 345. I lived over that way 12 years ago pre WalMart.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Only if more women were into anal or blowjobs...

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@GuitarPlayer @Montemalone Hey man, I didn't do that. This is from some other thing the other day. Must be that woman pissed off about the piss. She learned to hack and spammed me.

Or else Tone's found Wilonsky's forgotten stash of cheap bourbon and is having some fun rearranging comments.


Either or

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