Police have slammed the "idiotic" behaviour of a man who admitted shining a laser at a rescue helicopter flying over South Dunedin early today.
An Otago Rescue Helicopter pilot reported a laser being repeatedly shone at his aircraft, a police spokesman said.
The pilot was able to pinpoint where the beam was coming from and hovered to guide police to the address.
Before police arrived, a man "took off" in a car with no lights on. He was stopped on King Edward St, where he admitted the offence and was arrested.
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The 33-year-old man will appear in court next Thursday.
The spokesman said the behaviour was "extremely dangerous as well as idiotic", and said offenders would be caught and charged.