Perth County OPP have charged Justin Bieber with dangerous driving and assault following an incident near the pop star’s hometown of Stratford.
Police responded to a collision involving an ATV and a minivan on Line 40 east of Road 106, just northeast of Stratford, around 3 p.m. Friday.
After the collision, Police say the driver of the ATV — allegedly Bieber — and an occupant of the minivan “engaged in a physical altercation.”
Constable Kees Wijnands says there were no injuries as a result of the collision, but can’t say whether there were any injuries from the altercation.
Police would not say whether anyone else was with Bieber at the time of Friday’s crash, but earlier in the day, celebrity website TMZ.com posted a series of photos showing Bieber riding an ATV near Stratford with on-again, off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez.
Bieber’s lawyer is pointing the finger at members of the paparazzi.
“Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’s peaceful retreat in Stratford this weekend was unfortunately disrupted by the unwelcome presence of the paparazzi,” Brian Greenspan, Bieber’s Toronto lawyer, said in an email to The Canadian Press.
“This has regrettably resulted in charges of dangerous driving and assault. Mr. Bieber and Ms. Gomez have fully cooperated in the police investigation. We are hopeful that this matter will be quickly resolved.”
A spokesman for Perth County OPP says Bieber, 20, went to the police office and was arrested on charges of assault and dangerous driving, then released on a promise to appear in a Stratford court Sept. 29.
Bieber is also expected to be in court in Toronto on Sept. 8 in relation to an assault charge from last year.
Police allege Bieber hit a limousine driver several times in the back of the head after he and five others were picked up by a limo in the early hours of Dec. 30.