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Police: Sayville Teen Points Laser at SCPD Marine Officer

Erik Barry, 18, shines laser from his home on Palmer Circle Monday night; officer treated at hospital, police say.

A Sayville teen is facing charges after police say he shined a laser pointer into the eyes of a SCPD Marine Bureau officer on Monday night. 

Erik Barry, 18, is charged with second degree reckless endangerment, police said. 

Police said the crew of Marine Kilo was on routine patrol in the Great South Bay when they saw a green laser light coming from the shore at 11:55 p.m. 

The light struck the operator of the boat, officer Robert Daniel, in the eyes "several times," police said. 

Daniels experienced blurred vision and saw spots in front of his eyes which hindered his ability to continue to operate the vessel, police said. 

Daniels and fellow crew members located the source of the light as 200 Palmer Circle, a home that abuts the Great South Bay in Sayville.

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Barry, who lives at the home, was arrested and officers recovered the laser device, police said. 

Daniels was transported to Stony Brook University Medical Center where he was treated for laser light exposure and released.

Steven Feldini August 21, 2012 at 02:14 PM
The kid is a jackass but did the cop really have to go to the hospital? Perhaps he took the wahh-ambulance.
Maggie Arroyo August 21, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Green laser pointers fall under a Class IIIa heading as per the FDC. Here's a brief explanation found on Wikipedia: Lasers in this class are mostly dangerous in combination with optical instruments which change the beam diameter or power density, though even without optical instrument enhancement direct contact with the eye for over two minutes may cause serious damage to the retina. Output power does not exceed 5 mW. Beam power density may not exceed 2.5 mW/square cm if the device is not labeled with a "caution" warning label, otherwise a "danger" warning label is required. Many laser sights for firearms and laser pointers are in this category. ( http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_safety)
Minx McCloud August 21, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Steven Feldini, you are seriously out of line. These are the officer's eyes we're talking about. He could have been blinded. Tell you what, I'll get a hold of a laser light and shine it in YOUR eyes and then we'll see who's "wahhing." Your post was highly irresponsible and will encourage kids to think that purposely trying to blind someone is a joke out of "Jackass." Here's the deal, if they shine the light in their OWN eyes, they're jackasses; if they try to blind an innocent victim, they are CRIMINALS! Minx McCloud Former Bayport resident
Steven Feldini August 21, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Hey minx, First of all you dont know me. He is a jackass as in a stupid kid. How does that wording in any way encourage other kids to do the same thing? Secondly I have had laser light shined in my eyes although unpleasant,the effects go away with the passage of time (minutes to hours) so really it is pointless to go the hospital. And just so were clear I agree that the cops should have arrested him. So lighten up minx and stick to Jersey!
Pete M August 21, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Let's play nice, kids!

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