The paparazzo responsible for the high speed highway chase which resulted in a traffic citation for Justin Bieber has been charged with reckless driving.
The Los Angeles City Attorney's office details the charges brought against the main shutterbug offender, Paul Raef.
On July 6, Bieber was driving in his oppressively shiny chrome Fisker Karma, when he was pulled over for driving 80 miles an hour. Biebs claimed he was trying to shake some stalking paparazzi, six cars worth of them.
The police also tried to stop another vehicle involved, but they refused to pull over.
When JB was released post ticket, the pursuit started again, this time Biebs called 911 and Paul Raef was identified as the other driver.
According to the L.A. City Attorney, Raef was charged Wednesday with a total of four counts of reckless driving.
If he’s convicted, Raef could face up to one year in the county jail and fines totaling $3,500.
Apparently this is the first case that’s being tried based on the new paparazzi law in which it’s illegal to create a dangerous driving situation for celebrities and other innocent motorists for the sake of getting snapshots.
Makes sense, right? Hopefully this is the first step in curbing the growing problem of overly aggressive paps plaguing both the famous and the people who unwittingly happen to be driving in their same lane.
Now, you think Justin can hide behind this law in his other pending paparazzo suit?
The one where he allegedly slapped that photographer at the mall?
It did technically go down in a parking lot.... there's cars there, right?