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Justin Bieber

Paparazzi Chase

In Hands of Prosecutors

7/17/2012 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The paparazzo who led the way in the Justin Bieber freeway chase is now in the crosshairs of L.A. prosecutors ... TMZ has learned.

The CHP has completed its investigation and sent the file to the L.A. City Attorney.  Frank Mateljan, spokesperson for the City Attorney, tells TMZ, his office is reviewing the case to determine if criminal charges against the photog should be filed.

Our law enforcement sources say the CHP recommended the photog be prosecuted.

We're told the possible charges include reckless endangerment.

Witnesses say the cars involved in the chase -- including Bieber's -- were traveling at speeds approaching 100 mph.

The City Attorney prosecutes misdemeanors, so if convicted, the photog faces jail time of 6 months for each offense.

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DaveT    

Good, adults my age chasing 18 year olds down the highway at high speeds should be locked up. And grow up ;)

739 days ago
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Anonymous    

And what about Bieber? HE NEEDS TO BE PROSECUTED TOO. He put many lives at risk.

739 days ago
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Majestik    

Why haven't the police told Bieber that car has to go. The color of that thing has to be like Tin Foil in direct sunlight to other drivers. It doesn't look nice, it looks like a death trap waiting to blind an innocent driver.

739 days ago
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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

They won't prosecute the Beaver. They're WUSSES when it comes to anonymous donations by the end of the day.

739 days ago
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chzbrgrmachne    

Bieber had better get his license suspended or something too. Who told him he has the right to drive like a maniac, putting everyone around him in danger, just because someone wants his picture?

739 days ago
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DaveT    

Bad ass car too, I'm asking for one for my birthday

739 days ago
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shelly_lynn    

i still think that justin should get some charges, just because he should've called the police instead of speeding away.

739 days ago
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Bagheera    

In short, Bieber won't even receive a warning for a warning while the Photog will face years in jail/prison. Unless you are a black celebrity, you don't have to obey the law (as unfortunate as it is).

739 days ago
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Mary P    

Don't want to be chased, don't drive a giant flashing "FOLLOW ME, I'LL HELP YOU FIND ME BY REFLECTING THE SUN!!" car. You could have lost them if you drove a Civic. Driving a giant beam of crappy light and they can see you and chase you 10 miles away.*

*When no smog warnings are in effect.

739 days ago
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Joe    

Charges against the photog? What about that punk ass Bieber? He was instructed before how to handle this but instead chose to drive recklessly.

739 days ago
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Jules Destaing    

If "Bieber" hadn't driven so fast....none of this would have happened. Put the blame where it belongs.
Bieber CAUSED the chase to happen.

739 days ago
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victor    

wait!!! u mean the photog faces jail time and not bieber who was also speeding??!?!?!?! WTF!? put that jackass in jail!!!! kid thinks he can get away with everything!!!

739 days ago
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JL    


Google "Pop Star Car Chse 911" to watch video and hear the audio combined. Great PSA. TMZ should link it to make it easy for everyone to watch.

739 days ago
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the original bellaluna    

Oh, spare me! Charge the little piss-ant for being the one leading the pack!

739 days ago
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Pudding Tang    

The moral of the story: Never chase beavers on speed!

739 days ago
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