|Mar 14th, 2005
"American Idol" judge Paula Abdul has been caught in a real-life hit and run investigation involving her Mercedes. Sources say, it all happened on a busy Los Angeles freeway at 7:40 a.m. on the Monday before Christmas. Officials say a driver claims Abdul's Mercedes struck his car, and allegedly kept on driving.
Paula wasn't available for comment on Thursday; her publicist told "CJ" she was flying to Malaysia. About the alleged hit and run, the publicist said, "I don't know anything about it."
The story first broke on a Web site called "Ron Fineman's 'On the Record,'" but "CJ" has learned even more details. Sources tell us that nobody was hurt in the incident, and we're told the driver of the other car took a picture with a camera phone and also that the passenger identified Paula. The driver contacted the California Highway Patrol the next day.
Paula told the Highway Patrol it could not have been her because her car was in the shop the day of the incident, but the CHP discovered -- and "CJ" has confirmed -- that Paula actually took her car to a Mercedes dealer the next day. Sources tell us she told the service department that her car died on the freeway. The shop did a routine maintenance check.
"Hit and run" is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.
Paula has not been charged, but we're told the city attorney is taking the case, "very seriously," and a decision will be made Friday.
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