Freelance photographer faces four counts after high-speed chase with Justin Bieber on Los Angeles freeway earlier this month
Paparazzo Paul Raef was hotly pursuing Justin Bieber on a Los Angeles earlier this month — and now the law is on his tail.
The Los Angeles City Attorney's office announced Wednesday that Raef — the paparazzo who was involved in a high-speed chase with "Baby" singer Bieber on July 6 — has been charged in relation to the chase.
Freelance paparazzo Raef, 30, faces two counts of reckless driving, a charge for following another vehicle too closely and one count of failing to obey the lawful order of a police officer. If convicted, he faces up to one year in county jail and fines up to $3,500.
According to the City Attorney's office, Raef was engaged with several other vehicles in a chase with Bieber on the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley, with Raef's Toyota Rav 4 traveling "at speeds well in excess of 80 miles per hour across all lanes and even, at times, on the shoulder." Raef's driving forced other motorists to hit their breaks and swerve to avoid a collision, the City Attorney added.
Officers with the California Highway Patrol caught up to Raef and Bieber and hit their lights, instructing both vehicles to pull over. However, while Bieber complied, Raef's vehicle sped off.
Bieber, who called 911 while the chase was in progress, was cited for speeding and released. The singer is scheduled to appear in court regarding the citation in September.