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Justin Bieber charged with dangerous driving, assault in Canada

The singer will answer the charges at a hearing in Stratford, Ontario, on September 29.
By Annie Martin   |   Sept. 2, 2014 at 3:11 PM   |   Comments

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PERTH COUNTY, Ontario, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Justin Bieber was arrested in Ontario, Canada, on Friday.

The 20-year-old singer was driving an all-terrain vehicle when he collided with a minivan and got in an altercation with the driver. Bieber was charged with dangerous driving and assault, and ordered to attend a hearing in Stratford, Ontario, on September 29.

"Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez' peaceful retreat in Stratford this weekend was unfortunately disrupted by the unwelcome presence of the paparazzi," Bieber's attorney, Brian H. Greenspan, said in a statement. "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."

Bieber and Gomez were photographed on an ATV earlier that day, but it is unclear if the 22-year-old actress was on the vehicle at the time of the accident. The on-and-off couple were at a Dave & Busters arcade on August 25 when Bieber lunged at a fan in an attempt to take his camera. He is currently being investigated for attempted battery, theft and robbery for the incident.

The ATV collision is the second accident between Bieber and the paparazzi in the past week. The singer was rear-ended by the paparazzi on August 26, and later compared the incident to Princess Diana's fatal car crash.

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