At the time, Bieber was pulled over by police on the 101 Freeway near Studio City after onlookers reported him in for speeding.
Bieber is alleged to have said to a 911 respondent prior to being pulled over that he was trying to escape paparazzi chasing him. He was later given a ticket by police for driving in excess of 80 mph and driving recklessly.
Now, 30-year-old Paul Raef, alleged to have been one of the paparazzi chasing Bieber, has been charged for reckless driving, failing to obey the lawful order of a peace officer, two counts of following another vehicle too closely and reckless driving with the intent to capture pictures for commercial gain, according to a statement from the L.A. city attorney's office.
The license plate on a Toyota RAV4 owned by Raef was allegedly identified by Bieber as belonging to one of the vehicles that were chasing him.
Raef could now be facing up to a year in jail and fines totaling $3,500. The harsher penalty, the Los Angeles Times reports, is due to new anti-paparazzi laws recently introduced in California.
Raef’s is the first case under the new laws. He is due to face court on August 9.