Reports: Justin Bieber cited after freeway chase
Justin Bieber was cited for reckless driving, according to news reports from Los Angeles.
July 7th, 2012
12:02 AM ET

Reports: Justin Bieber cited after freeway chase

Pop star Justin Bieber was cited for speeding on a Southern California freeway Friday after a trying to evade paparazzi in a high-speed chase, according to news reports from Los Angeles.

L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine, a former police officer,  told CNN affiliate KABC-TV that he witnessed the incident on the South 101 Freeway in Studio City and reported it to the California Highway Patrol.

He said Bieber was traveling at about 100 mph in his Fisker Karma hybrid.

"It was like a rocket ship coming by, I'm not exaggerating when I say that,"  KABC quoted Zine as saying. "When it passed me, it had to be going close to 100 mph."

Zine told the Los Angeles Times that the chase between Bieber and the paparazzi spread across the freeway and even on to the shoulder.

"It was like slot cars, they were going so fast," the Times quoted Zine as saying. "It was a very dangerous driving situation. I figured someone was going to crash,  so I called 911."

CHP spokesman Saul Gomez told Reuters that Bieber was cited for driving 80 mph in a 65 mph zone.

CHP officer Ming Hsu said an officer saw a car pursuing Bieber but that it fled when Bieber was stopped.

The incident drew a crowd on the roadway, one witness told KABC, with motorists stopping to take Bieber's picture.

Zine told the Times the paparazzi should have been cited as well as the 18-year-old singer, but he said the pursuing photographers were no reason for Bieber to speed.

"Anytime you do 90, the paparazzi are going to go 90," Zine was quoted as saying.

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  1. Rascal Rabble

    another diana-road kill waiting to happen...DUMB POLICE use the cameras to get the license plates of the paparazzi...and stop issuing z-man's excuses and enforce the law on the paparazzi...!

    July 7, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • pooch

      here's hoping you're right.

      July 7, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Lee Chatham

      Thinking the same thing. Outlaw the papparazzi.

      July 7, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
    • hoursabsolved

      who freaking cares about Justin?

      July 7, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      Wrong. Arrest Bieber. There is zero reason to risk anyone's life to get away from a bunch of photographers. Cameras aren't guns. They aren't going to hurt you.

      July 7, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. dschrep

    Stop the presses.... gag.

    July 7, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      noooo, stop the presses' speedin' and lack of accountability for injury...lucky no one was hurt...this time...

      July 7, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. bclough

    who the f uck cares man

    July 7, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. Alicia

    Why did Justin buy a cheapo Karma for $90K with all the money he makes?.

    July 7, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Ellen Degeneres gave it to him as a gift.

      July 7, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. James

    Just because he is being "chased" is no reason for him to speed

    July 7, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. Alex Csepregi

    Dear CNN, you are becoming a joke.

    July 7, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. Kobe

    "Councilman" Dennis Zine is a joke. With his poor education background (cal-state), the only way for him to even stay in the political game is through this kind of pointless news.
    Don't forget in 2008 he's the one who proposed the anti-paparazzi "Britney Spears" law. This guy does this type of thing all day, and you're telling me he was just rolling on the freeway when Bieber was allegedly going 120mph?
    Who in LA would call the cops on a speeding car and then wait around for an interview afterwards? There are cars going 100+ any time of the day in LA.
    I hate Bieber just as much as the next straight man, but in this case we gotta keep it real. Just sick and tired of politicians playing games. Say NO to political games, ultimately it's just a waste of our hard earned tax money.
    How about this. Ask Dennis Zine who Veronica Becerra is. Now we have ourselves a tabloid headline.

    July 7, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      who is becerra...does her job requires she, in the interest of american security, give her legs away, too???

      July 7, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • P NESS

      Well said

      July 7, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. drap

    what is councilman Dennis Zine driving... ? Al Cowlings For Bronco... ? There is no way you can get up to 100mph on LA freeways... .

    July 7, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. sancho

    Gracias a Dios! Thanks to God Justin didn't crash or hurt other drivers. Young 18yr old probably doesn't have any driving training or experience driving in the LA's freeways.

    July 7, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. Abernathy

    That boy is gonna make a fine wife one day.

    July 7, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  11. sancho

    paparazzi probably wanted to see his buttcheeks now that he's 18yrs. LOL

    July 7, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dev

    The car was a GIFT from his Manager....

    July 7, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. Steves

    Still not news.

    July 7, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. drap

    I love cnn marquee blog... .

    July 7, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  15. atroy

    Another spoiled Hollywood girl who will die early...but not soon enough.

    July 7, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
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