Justin Guarini was ticketed by Grand Prairie, Texas, police after witnesses said he almost ran over a young girl with a personal watercraft at Joe Pool Lake, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Justin Guarini was ticketed by Grand Prairie, Texas, police after witnesses said he almost ran over a young girl with a personal watercraft at Joe Pool Lake, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Guarini, 24, was the runner-up on Fox's "American Idol" last year. He was with winner Kelly Clarkson -- his co-star in the new film "From Justin to Kelly" -- and about five friends at the lake Saturday, when the incident allegedly occurred. Publicists representing Guarini and Clarkson couldn't be reached for comment.

The citation was issued at Loyd Park on the lake's west side about 7 p.m. Saturday, said Sgt. Chris Chopin, lake patrol supervisor. He said Guarini and Clarkson "didn't understand what the laws were."

City marshall Clint Heizer said Guarini ran the watercraft up on shore, stopping a few feet short of his 5-year-old daughter, Allison. "I was in Justin's face talking to him about what he had just done, and that's when I realized who he was," Heizer told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Guarini rolled off the moving watercraft before it stopped and ran away laughing, Heizer said.

If convicted of unsafe boat operation, Guarini faces a fine of up to $2,000 and a maximum 180 days in jail, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.


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