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Justin Bieber

Paparazzo Charged

in Freeway Chase

7/25/2012 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The paparazzo who was the alleged ringleader in the wild Justin Bieber Freeway chase in L.A. earlier this month has been hit with multiple criminal charges.

According to the L.A. City Attorney, 30 year old Paul Raef -- a freelance paparazzo -- was hit with a total of 4 counts stemming from the July 6 incident.

-- 2 counts of following another vehicle too closely and reckless driving, with the intent to capture pictures for commercial gain
-- 1 count of reckless driving
-- 1 count of failing to obey the lawful order of a peace officer.

This is the first case filed under the new paparazzi law ...which makes it a crime to create a dangerous situation while following a celebrity for profit.

TMZ broke the story ... Bieber was cited for driving 80 mph in his chrome Fisker Karma. Justin told police he was trying to escape a gang of paparazzi who had been relentlessly pursuing him for miles.

Officials say Raef was among the pack of photogs giving chase ... and was driving his Toyota Rav at speeds "well in excess of 80 miles per hour across all lanes and even, at times, on the shoulder."

Officials say other motorists were forced to apply their brakes and swerve to avoid colliding with the vehicles.

Officials say cops caught up with Bieber and Raef during the chase and tried to pull them both over. Justin obliged ... but Raef allegedly blew off the lights and sirens and fled the scene.

30 minutes later, officials say cops noticed Raef's car at another paparazzi crush ... and identified him as the guy from the previous chase. 

If convicted on all counts, Raef could face up to one year in the county jail and fines totaling $3,500.

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1.

Raymond    

Why isn't Bieber arrested for reckless driving especially in that dangerous car? He started it

784 days ago
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LCS27    

And About Bieber? Arrest him too! Death Penalty for him.

784 days ago
3.

Hervey....Hervey of Arabia...He was a single guy...    

Hopefully Beiber will get charged too, after all he was driving wreck-less and could have just slowed down, he had no rights to endanger someone simply for following him on a public roadway.

784 days ago
4.

shewentwhoa    

Someone please do something about JB. Maybe deport him.... yeah.... that would be great.

784 days ago
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Fat Mike    

About time! LA is full of these morons who think owning a camera gives them the right to break every law in the book.

784 days ago
6.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Steam roll that Fisker!

784 days ago
7.

SAY WHAT    

Q: Why doesn't Justin Bieber eat bananas? A: He can't find the zipper!

784 days ago
8.

News Flash     

Who is that alien in that space ship?

784 days ago
9.

Lisa    

Wow. The power of Beiber.

784 days ago
10.

SAY WHAT    

Q: Whats the difference between Justin Bieber And a Snickers bar? A: A Snickers bar has nuts!

784 days ago
11.

SAY WHAT    

Daughter: Hey mom,I'm going to my room with my boyfriend. Mom: Ok, don't do anything stupid. (Boyfriend and Girlfriend enter the bedroom) Daughter: Baby, baby, baby, OOOH! (Mom run's into the bedroom) Mom: What are you doing?! Daughter: We are having sex! Mom: Oh thank god, I thought you were listening to Justin Bieber

784 days ago
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Mazor    

I hope the pap douchebag gets the year in jail. Parasites need to be stopped.

784 days ago
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LCS27    

People are all worried with mexican border, but I think they shoud be mroe concerned about canadian's border. They are harming much more America.

784 days ago
14.

LDB    

Charge bieber for the murder of music

784 days ago
15.

parlayer    

"The devil made me do it" it's not my fault that I'm at least a bag of chips, "Buffalo chips."

784 days ago
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