Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 3 June 2015

Appeal planned for Bieber car chase

Justin Bieber was reportedly pursued by a pack of six paparazzi vehicles
Justin Bieber was reportedly pursued by a pack of six paparazzi vehicles

Los Angeles prosecutors are planning to appeal a ruling to dismiss anti-paparazzi charges filed against a freelance photographer involved in a car chase pursuing Justin Bieber.

Freelance photographer Paul Raef was the first person to be prosecuted under California's 2010 law that criminalises dangerous driving when taking photos commercially.

But Superior Court Judge Thomas Rubinson has dismissed two charges filed against Raef. He said the law aimed at stopping aggressive driving by paparazzi was overly broad, and Raef should not have to stand trial on those counts.

In July it was reported that a pack of six vehicles pursuing a silver Fisker car, which turned out to be driven by the Canadian pop star along the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley.

A Toyota SUV, owned by Raef, was seen speeding across all lanes and on the shoulder, as well as forcing its way into lanes when it had no room to merge safely.

Baby singer Justin pulled over when officers signalled him to, but Raef did not stop.

Just hours after the judges decision Assistant City Attorney Ann Rosenthal announced plans to appeal.

Raef's attorney Brad Kaiserman has said an appeal could lead to the law being struck down entirely.

Raef still faces traditional reckless driving charges.

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