Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Britney Spears Booked on Traffic Charges
Just weeks after finally getting her California driver's license, Britney Spears turned herself in to Los Angeles police Monday night in connection with a pair of minor traffic offenses. Reuters reported that a gum-chewing Spears, wearing a black minidress, leather jacket and large designer sunglasses, spent 45 minutes being fingerprinted and photographed at a police station in the Los Angeles suburb of Van Nuys around 9 p.m. PT.
The singer was booked for an August 6 incident in a Los Angeles parking lot where her car scraped up against another parked vehicle — an incident that was captured on film by some of the many paparazzi trailing her on the outing (see "Britney Spears Charged With Two Driving-Related Misdemeanors"). At the time, Spears got out of the car, looked over the damage to her car, and then walked into a nearby building, not leaving a note for the other vehicle's owner, who filed a police report three days later.
Spears was later charged with one misdemeanor count each of hit-and-run and driving without a California driver's license, (see "Britney Spears Now Has A Valid Driver's License"), and is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges October 25 in Van Nuys Superior Court. Each count carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail or a $1,000 fine.
Reuters described the uneventful booking as an "oddly low-key affair" for the drama-prone Spears, who is typically trailed by a horde of paparazzi. As just a handful of reporters looked on, she walked through the front door of the police station accompanied by a male companion, turning down an offer from police to use a back entrance to avoid making a scene.
LAPD officer Mike Lopez told the Associated Press that Spears was, "fine, cooperative" and that she "did her business and came out." Asked how she was treated while (briefly) in custody, Spears told reporters, "They were nice," explaining that she was wearing sunglasses at night because she is suffering from pinkeye