Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber was arrested and charged with assault and dangerous driving near his hometown of Stratford, Ontario, on Friday, police officials said Tuesday. Police said that Bieber’s all-terrain vehicle, or ATV, collided with a minivan following which he engaged in an altercation.
The incident reportedly took place when the 20-year-old was riding his ATV with his on-and-off girlfriend Selena Gomez. Police officials reportedly said that Bieber was released on "a promise to appear" in court on Sept. 29. Bieber’s latest arrest could reportedly complicate his probation in Los Angeles in the egg-throwing case, in which the “Boyfriend” singer pleaded no contest to misdemeanor vandalism.
“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, reportedly said, in an emailed statement to Reuters.
Reaver Bingham, the deputy chief of field services at the Los Angeles County Probation Department, told Reuters that an arrest, even in a different country, could lead to an inquiry into a possible probation violation.
In August, Bieber, who has been making headlines with constant run-ins with law enforcement, pleaded guilty to careless driving and resisting an officer without violence in Florida, as part of a plea deal to resolve allegations that he was recklessly driving his rented Lamborghini under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
The singer is also facing charges for allegedly assaulting a limousine driver in Toronto, in late December.