The legal hits and court appearances just keep coming for pop star turned bad boy Justin Bieber. Hot on the heels of finalizing his DUI drag racing case earlier this month, Selena Gomez’s on-again off-again boyfriend was arrested in his native Ontario, Canada, on Friday and charged with assault and dangerous driving.
According to a Sept. 2 report from CNN, Bieber was pursuing one of his favorite hobbies – cruising on his ATV – when he ran into a minivan. The alleged collision and altercation occurred in Perth County, not too far from his dad’s place, and in the same area where Bieber grew up. Earlier that same day, the Biebs and Gomez were photographed taking turns piloting the ATV.
According to a spokesperson for the Ontario Provincial Police, Kees Wijnands,"Investigation revealed that after colliding, the driver of the ATV and an occupant of the minivan engaged in a physical altercation." Bieber is already facing an earlier assault charge for allegedly pummeling a limo driver last December in Toronto - but was released from Canadian police custody this weekend on "a promise to appear." He’ll be facing his new assault and dangerous driving charges in a Stratford, Ontario, courtroom on Sept. 29.
"Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’ peaceful retreat in Stratford this weekend was unfortunately disrupted by the unwelcome presence of the paparazzi. This has regrettably resulted in charges of dangerous driving and assault," Bieber's lawyer, Brian H. Greenspan, told ABC News in a statement.
"Mr. Bieber and Ms. Gomez have fully cooperated in the police investigation. We are hopeful that this matter will be quickly resolved." ~ ABC News
After admitting to egging his neighbor’s house in Los Angeles in January, Bieber was placed on two years' probation for vandalism. On Aug. 13, he copped a plea deal in his DUI case which in addition to the DUI charge included charges of resisting arrest and driving with an expired license. Prosecutors dropped the DUI charge in that case in exchange for Bieber pleading guilty to the two lesser offenses, taking an anger management course, and donating $50,000 to charity.