By Edwin Folven, 8/25/2011
Clark James Gable, 22, the grandson of actor Clark Gable, was charged Tuesday with pointing a laser at a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter.
The alleged incident occurred shortly after 10 p.m. on July 28 in Hollywood, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Gable was a passenger in a vehicle near La Brea Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard, and allegedly pointed a green laser at the helicopter, which was flying above a special event on Hollywood Boulevard. The laser momentarily obstructed the vision of the two officers in the helicopter, but they were able to pinpoint the beam coming from a small red car. Patrol officers later pulled the vehicle over near Franklin and Highland Avenues, and took Gable into custody. Prosecutors declined to file charges against the driver, Maximilian Anderson, because there was insufficient evidence showing he was aware the laser was being pointed at the helicopter.
Gable is facing three felony counts of discharge of a laser at an aircraft. He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. If convicted, Gable faces up to three years in state prison.