TORONTO - Pop star Justin Bieber was arrested and charged with assault and dangerous driving over the weekend after an incident near a small Canadian town, police said on Tuesday, in a case that could complicate the singer's probation in Los Angeles.
The charges came after two drivers fought on Friday, said the Perth County Ontario Provincial Police.
A mini-van and an all-terrain vehicle had collided near Stratford, Ontario, the town where Bieber grew up. The 20-year-old was visiting the Canadian province with his girlfriend, pop singer Selena Gomez.
"Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez's peaceful retreat in Stratford this weekend was unfortunately disrupted by the unwelcome presence of paparazzi," Bieber's lawyer, Brian Greenspan, said.
The singer's latest arrest could add to his legal woes in Los Angeles, where he is on probation after pleading no contest in July to misdemeanour vandalism for pelting a neighbour's home with eggs.
Arrests, even if abroad, generally trigger an inquiry into a possible probation violation, said Reaver Bingham, deputy chief of field services at the Los Angeles County Probation Department.