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Spears spent the drive sending text messages and listening to "Shock Value"

By Marla Lehner and Pernilla Cedenheim
Updated January 08, 2008 03:15 PM
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The photographer who gave Britney Spears a lift to her Studio City home after she abandoned her car with a flat tire Monday night has detailed their brief ride together, saying the pop star spent most of the ride sending text messages.

“She broke out her cell phone and was sending text messages the entire time,” the pap Fabricio Mariotto, who works for photo agency x17, says on their Web site.

He also says the singer put on Timbaland’s “Shock Value,” got quiet when asked about spending time with Adnan Ghalib, and that she invited the photographer inside once they reached her house.

At one point during the ride, Mariotto snapped his fingers and said to Spears: “Hey, girl, are you alright?” then told her not to worry. Spears’s reaction? She laughed, according to the account.

Inside her reportedly immaculate home, Spears told the photographer “don’t be lame” when he asked permission to snap her photo.

“She was just very nice to me and handed me her car keys and asked me to please go and take care of her car,” Mariotto told PEOPLE. “It was already too late and the cops took the car away after 20 minutes. She thanked me several times still.”

Later Monday night, Spears and her assistant, Carla, had dinner in a room at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, then stayed the night at the nearby Peninsula Hotel.