Justin Bieber was pulled over and cited in the wee hours of Wednesday for allegedly running a stop sign and driving without a valid California license in Calabasas, Los Angeles, police officials said.
Traffic police pulled Bieber over after he drove his high performance white Ferrari through a stop sign at approximately 4:30 am on Wednesday, August 28.
According to TMZ, cops then discovered the 19-year-old isn’t licensed to drive in California.
In Calif., new residents are required to get a driving license within 10 days of their residency. The website reports Bieber purchased his Calabasas home at the end of June 2012.
During his citation Justin was reportedly asked to get out of the driver’s seat.
Steve Whitmore, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, has confirmed the pop star was questioned and cited by a deputy.
“He was cooperative,” Whitmore said of the teen star.
“If someone has a residence in other state or country, he or she can have a license from that state or country as well as one from California,” he later told Agence France-Presse. “But it was within the authority of the deputy who stopped him to issue him a citation for driving without a valid California license if he wanted and the deputy did just that.”
When the citation was over, a friend of the singer who was following in another car took the wheel of Bieber’s car and drove the pair home, AFP reports.
Before he can get behind the wheel again the singer will be required to obtain a valid CA license from the Department of Motor Vehicles.
The pop star has tangled with law enforcement regarding his driving before.
Last June, Justin was pulled over in his chrome Fisker Karma by police and cited for speeding on the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley. At the time the star was being pursued by paparazzi.
The following November, the singer fell afoul of traffic cops when he was pulled over in Hayward Avenue, West Hollywood for making an unsafe left turn and having an expired registration.
In May this year, Bieber was accused by his Calabasas neighbors of speeding his white Ferrari in the area. However, a subsequent police investigation revealed the pop star was not driving his car at the time.
One month later, the teen singer was accused of an alleged hit-and-run of a paparazzo after his Ferrari struck a photographer outside the Laugh Factory comedy club in West Hollywood, California.
However, police subsequently accepted Bieber’s statement that he left the scene not knowing he had hit someone. Video footage of the incident also revealed the chaos caused by the paparazzi, as well as repeated requests by the star and a bodyguard to the photographers to clear a path in the road.
The teen singer has been cleared of all wrongdoing in the alleged hit-and-run case.
As yet, Bieber’s rep has not commented on the singer’s latest citation.
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