Frankly, young man, police DO give a damn about being blinded while they work
Clark James Gable's none-too-bright use of a laser pointer has landed him more than a week in the pokey.
Gable, the grandson of "Gone With the Wind" star, was sentenced to 10 days in jail and three years probation Thursday for aiming a laser pointer at a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter last July, TMZ reports.
In December, Gable, 23, pleaded guilty to one felony count of discharge of a laser at an occupied aircraft. The 10-day sentence is in accordance with expectations at the time of his pleading.
Gable was also expected to be sentenced to 200 hours on a CalTrans crew. It is not known whether that was part of his sentence. The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office did not immediately reply to TheWrap's request for comment.
The D.A.'s Office said that Gable pointed a 52-milliwatt laser light at the helicopter as it flew 800 feet above Hollywood Boulevard, obstructing the vision of the officers in the chopper. Police arrested Gable and Maximilain Anderson, the driver of the car Gable was in, but declined to file charges against Anderson due to insufficient evidence.
Two other felony counts of discharge of a laser, as well as one count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, were dropped in exchange for Gable's December guilty plea.