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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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KnuckleDragger    

Just like getting a STOP sign put up in an intersection, some little kid is going to have to get run over and [die] before anything serious is done about these incidents.

738 days ago
17.

Yup    

How did he "cause the chase"? lol These people all made their own decisions, they're all at fault adults. That's so retarded. I like how just because people have decided not to like a celebrity (for no good, judgmental reasons I might add) they always blame the celebrity for everything no matter what. There must be a lot of envy here. :)

738 days ago
18.

Jordan    

So lets get this straight Justin Beiber is allowed to drive a car that is Chrome plated throughout the car in La where the sunshine is 95% of the year where the sun can glare off the care and cause blindness to other drivers and drive at speeds of over 100mph and he is allowed to because he is a celebrity.

738 days ago
19.

Jordan    

California is Officially a state that a celebrity has no laws to follow.

738 days ago
20.

JL    

{i] [b] GOOGLE "POP STAR CAR CHASE 911" FOR THE VIDEO. [/b][/i]

738 days ago
21.

bob     

Waita a minute. So they're only going after the pap? That sucks. It was Bieber who instigated the high-speed chase and weaved in and out of traffic, etc. All he had to do was ignore them and there wouldn't have been a "chase"...heck, how could they get a shot through his tinted windows, anyway? Sure sounds like preferential treatment to me.

738 days ago
22.

DaveT    

Justin already got his ticket, justice was done...now time for some justice on the paps ;)

738 days ago
23.

Susan62509    

The photog should not be the only one penalized for this irresponsible dangerous behavior. All the photog's and Justin Bieber should be ticketed because each one needs to assume responsibility so it never happens again. This was a follow the leader game and Bieber was the leader.

738 days ago
24.

JL    

GOOGLE "POP STAR CAR CHASE 911" FOR THE VIDEO!!! tmz SHOULD LINK IT.

738 days ago
25.

Squatting Thunder    

So the little douche gets to drive like a maniac and endanger innocent lives JUST BECAUSE HE DOESN'T WANT HIS PICTURE TAKEN??!!!
PAPARAZZI CARRY CAMERAS NOT GUNS.

738 days ago
26.

Gretel    

Can anyone answer a question I have. I'm serious too. If you have ever driven when the sun is shining right in your eyes and been sunblinded even for a few seconds you really are blind and can't see anything. That vehicle is chrome and I would think it was uber-reflective. Is that safe? Sounds dumb but I'm just wondering. So what do you think?

738 days ago
27.

Joan K    

And they wonder why the public cannot stand these so called stars who get away with everything. This little girl should face some jail time too.

738 days ago
28.

Jordan    

If convicted do the photogs get a pass on jail because of overcrowding or will there suddinly be room for them for 6 months but no room for Justin Johnson.

738 days ago
29.

am    

Does anyone remember what happend to Princess Dianna? All shoud be charged including the bebs.

738 days ago
30.

tamara    

Paps need to stop chasing celebs. Look what happened to Princess Diana. It should be illegal to chase anyone. Not only are they chasing but they're also flashing bright light into their faces and coming too close to the car.
Can't even believe this has gone on so long. MAKE IT ILLEGAL

738 days ago
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