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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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46.

DaveT    

P.S. that's a bad ass car

764 days ago
47.

Matthew    

I hope the paparazzo gets life in jail. He could of killed people....JB wouldn't have been speeding if it wasn't for that a**hole. As much as I hate JB, I can't fault him.

764 days ago
48.

A    

And why isn't Justin being charged? This is pathetic. They need to charge him, too! He was just as stupid. He really needed to slow down, call the cops, and remain calm. He was in no immediate harm. It's his own darn fault. He's a celebrity and drives a car as flashy as the sun.

764 days ago
49.

the truth    

records show U guys have bought from him many times before...u payed him twice what his fine was...TMZ Fail

764 days ago
50.

Emi    

I want to see the pictures of Paul Raef and other papparazi to chase him this time

764 days ago
51.

Madison    

If you don't go 80 M.P.H, there is no "chase". Just cars following you. If he didn't want his picture taken, he shouldn't have become a celebrity.

764 days ago
52.

Marc    

It does not give Justin the right to also break the rules of driving over 100 MPH on the road to get away. He should also be ticketed and charged for reckless driving also. Celebritys should not get way cause they have money. If if was a regular person we get slapped by the police.

763 days ago
53.

Marc    

It does not give Justin the right to also break the rules of driving over 100 MPH on the road to get away. he should also be ticketed. Celebritys should not get way cause they have money. If if was a regular person we get slapped by the police.

763 days ago
54.

carla    

Im sure justin sucked some dick to get out of that one hes a lil bitch, idk why lil girls love this idiot so much..hes as dumb as a rock.

763 days ago
55.

Jim    

I'm so glad that Biebs is getting off the hook on this one. He doesn't deserve to be prosecuted since he is the victim. Can he not claim diplomatic immunity or something? If the paps would just leave him alone then this would have never happened. Go team Biebs! Haters gonna hate!

763 days ago
56.

nyc44th    

I could care less about Beiber but these parasite photographers are s***bags. TMZ and the like feed them. then act surprised when they do something stupid.

763 days ago
57.

kim is a publicity whore    

If Pap gets in trouble, so should Justine.

763 days ago
58.

galey    

Bieber should definitely have consequences too - why does he get off scott-free?

763 days ago
59.

ju    

Biber should of got arrested and paid a fine look at it this way he was speeding and he could of moved over and called the police bottom line justin broke the law I dont care who he is he should also pay a price the little rugrat

763 days ago
60.

Renee    

This little twerp needs to be thrown in the slammer too. You can't be chased if you don't run

763 days ago
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