Spears charged with hit-and-run

SATURDAY, SEPT. 22, 2007

LOS ANGELES – Singer Britney Spears was charged Friday with misdemeanor hit-and-run and driving a vehicle without a license, and she could face up to a year in jail if convicted.

The incident occurred in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles on Aug. 6 when Spears allegedly struck a vehicle in a parking lot and drove away, authorities said.

“The incident was captured on videotape,” said Nick Velasquez, a spokesman for the L.A. city attorney’s office.

The Los Angeles Police Department investigated after the owner of the car made a complaint at the North Hollywood station. Velasquez said an investigation confirmed the driver involved was the singer, and a subsequent check with the California Department of Motor Vehicles showed she has no California license.

Spears was sent a letter Friday informing her of the charges. She is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 10 in the Van Nuys branch of Los Angeles Superior Court. As the charges are misdemeanors, she won’t be required to attend.


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