Bieber Car Chase Pap First To Be Charged Under New Law
Paul Raef potentially faces one year in county jail...
A paparazzo who was reportedly involved in a [uuid=5413f2c3-29e2-41f4-83b7-21ef6d4e90e3]Justin Bieber has received a number of criminal charges.
Earlier this month, JB was handed a speeding ticket for apparently going over 100mph in Los Angeles, with the 18-year old allegedly telling police he was trying to escape the paps.
Reports now claim that Paul Raef has become the first photographer to be charged under California's new paparazzi law, with the Los Angeles City Attorney Office confirming it will be filing four criminal charges against the 30-year-old.
If found guilty, Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has stated that Raef could face up to a year in county jail and fines up to $3,500.
City attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan told E! News the freelance pap faces four misdemeanor charges, including following another vehicle too closely, reckless driving with the intent to capture pictures for commercial gain, reckless driving and failing to obey the lawful order of a peace officer.
According to Mateljan, the speedy paparazzo was driving his Toyota Rav4 at least 80 miles per hour as he attempted to chase down JB's chrome Fisker Karma.
Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine was one of the nearby drivers who had to stay clear of the chase, describing the incident as "a very dangerous, chaotic situation."
Zine claims he was driving 60 to 65 miles per hour before the Boyfriend singer passed him "in a careless, reckless fashion" and was eventually pulled over.
Raef made use of Bieber's stop by speeding away from the scene but wasn't willing to give up so easily on the potential photo and continued to follow the singer only a short 30 minutes later, before Justin made a call to 911 for help.
Police later found the photographer when his licence-plate number was spotted in a parking garage in downtown Los Angeles.
Days after the incident, Bieber filed a harassment complaint against Raef, alleging the pursuer was acting "extremely aggressive" on the road.