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Clark Gable grandson pleads not guilty to laser charges

Clark Gable III, the grandson of Hollywood icon Clark Gable, was arrested on suspicion of pointing a laser at a LAPD helicopter on July 28, 2011.

August 27, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The grandson of Hollywood icon Clark Gable has pleaded not guilty to charges he pointed a laser at an LAPD helicopter.

Clark Gable III, 22, is charged with three counts of shining a laser light at the aircraft that was flying above Hollywood Boulevard on July 28.

Officials say the green laser obstructed the vision of the two officers in the chopper.

The laser was allegedly flashed two more times at the helicopter, with the officers later pinpointing that the laser beam had come from a small red car. The vehicle in which Gable was riding was stopped at Highland Avenue and Franklin Place, where he was arrested.

Prosecutors declined to file charges against the car's driver, Maximilian Anderson, citing insufficient evidence that the 23-year-old man knew the laser was being pointed at the helicopter.

Gable is free on $250,000 bail. If convicted, he could face up to three years in prison.

City News Service contributed to this report.