Justin Bieber pleads guilty in Stratford collision case


The Canadian Press

Stratford, Ontario: Justin Bieber has pleaded guilty to assault and careless driving charges in connection with a collision near his hometown of Stratford, Ont.

A lawyer for Bieber confirmed a dangerous driving charge that was laid in the case has been dropped.

Lawyer Seith Weinstein confirmed that a sentence of an absolute discharge on the assault charge and a $750 fine for the careless driving charge has been agreed on in the case.

Bieber had been arrested and charged in the case in August last year after a collision between a minivan and an ATV in a rural area northeast of Stratford.

A lawyer for the singer had said Bieber was on a “peaceful retreat” at the time with Selena Gomez, his on-again, off-again girlfriend, when it was disrupted by paparazzi.

Ontario Provincial Police had said the driver of the ATV and an occupant of the minivan “engaged in a physical altercation.”

Const. Kees Wijnands said there were no injuries as a result of the collision, but wouldn’t say whether there were any injuries from the altercation.

The court case had been set to go to trial in Stratford next month.

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