Everyone already knows that Justin Beiber, the young singer with gifted hair, was stopped by the California Highway Patrol on July 6, 2012 and cited for driving in excess of 65 mph. Mr. Beiber was driving his custom chrome Fisker Karma sports sedan when he was chased by at least six vehicles driven by members of the paparazzi.
In addition to the paparazzi, Beiber’s bad driving was witnessed by a Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine. Zine told the press “He was going from the fast lane to the slow lane to the shoulder in traffic. It was a very dangerous driving situation. I figured someone was going to crash, so I called 911.” According to the councilman, Justin Bieber had no excuse for his dangerous driving Friday on the 101 Freeway, even though he was being chased. “Bieber was driving like a maniac,” said Councilman Zine, a former LAPD officer, told the tabloid website TMZ, “He was weaving in and out of traffic. There was hardly any space between cars as he weaved from lane to lane. I was going 60 and he drove by me like he was in a rocket ship.”
According to Bieber admitted to driving 80 mph.
One of the photographers was also charged with the offenses of following a vehicle too closely and reckless driving, with the intent to capture pictures for commercial gain and “failing to obey the lawful order of peace officer” according to a statement obtained from the LA City Attorney’s Office. He could face up to one year in the county jail and fines up to $3,500. The City Attorney’s Office decided to file charges against based on his disregard for the safety of others and his prior criminal history. His arraignment is scheduled for August 6.
The case marks the first implementation of 2010 legislature which imposes additional penalties on paparazzi driving dangerously to obtain photos or videos for commercial gain.
The photographer’s Toyota Rav 4 was among the vehicles trailing Bieber, driving over 80 miles per hour across all lanes of traffic and at times, driving on the shoulder.
Would Beiber get a jail sentence if he had been charged with Reckless Driving in Fairfax, Virginia? During the next few days I will discuss different factors that may play a role in what the punishment would be for Reckless Driving in Northern Virginia and what sentence he may actually receive if convicted in California.