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Clark Gable's grandson guilty of pointing laser at LAPD chopper

December 8, 2011 |  2:32 pm

Clark James Gable

The grandson of acting great Clark Gable pleaded guilty Thursday to pointing a laser at a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter last summer as it flew over Hollywood Boulevard, the district attorney’s office announced.

Clark James Gable, 23, of Canoga Park, pleaded guilty to one felony count of discharge of a laser at an occupied aircraft. As part of the plea deal, prosecutors will ask that Superior Court Judge David Horwitz agree to drop two other felony counts — discharge of a laser and one count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury.

At his Jan. 12 sentencing, Gable is expected to receive 10 days of jail time and 200 hours on a CalTrans work crew.

As part of the plea, Gable admitted that while he was riding in a car traveling down La Brea Avenue at 10 p.m. on July 28, he flashed a laser three times at an LAPD helicopter that was flying 800 feet above Hollywood Boulevard.

He later told KCBS-TV that the incident was a "misunderstanding" and that "people make mistakes and you learn from them."

Deputy Dist. Atty. Holly Harpham said the 52-milliwatt laser light — which has a range of over 1,000 feet in distance — temporarily blinded the two LAPD officers in the helicopter. The LAPD tracked the beam to a small red car that was traveling in the area off Franklin and Highland Avenues.

The driver, Maximilian Anderson, was arrested at the scene, although he was not charged because there was not enough evidence to prove he knew Gable was pointing a laser at the police chopper.


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— Andrew Blankstein (Twitter.com/anblanx)

Photo: Clark James Gable. Credit: KTLA-TV