Roseville man charged with aiming laser at state trooper

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

A Roseville man is facing assault charges after shining a laser pointer into a Michigan State Police trooper’s eyes.

Jonathan Edward Rayner, 32, has been arraigned in 36th District Court in Detroit on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon and assaulting-resisting-obstructing a police officer in connection with the case, Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said Monday. The assault charge is a four-year felony.


Police said a state police trooper was traveling on eastbound Interstate 94 in Wayne County at about 8 p.m. Friday when the passenger of a westbound vehicle shined a laser pointer into his eyes.

According to the state police's tweets Friday, the trooper was on his way to a scene of a vehicle crash. "A handheld laser is not a toy! Metro South troopers have a male in custody for shining a laser at a trooper that was driving to a crash," the agency said through its Twitter account.

Troopers passed along a description of the suspect's vehicle and it was located, Shaw said. The state police tweeted Friday: "Luckily his partner was able to identify the suspect. The trooper has been transported to a hospital with vision problems and headache."

Troopers then arrested the suspect and retrieved a laser pointer, Shaw said.

On Friday, state police tweeted "Update on the trooper involved. His vision has returned and he has been cleared. Other than a serious headache he should be back to work."