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. Rosco

    Media, CNN now included props up a teen girls dream dude and of course he's going to feel invincible. He sings songs. He doesn't perform surgeries or cure cancer. This is the media's fault for hyping every move a kid makes as front page news. He'll end up in rehab someday thanks to you guys...

    July 7, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • doug

      The hottest slits on earth love this kid, they will end up making every major purchasing decision in their household in 10 years. They will also be able to take 60% of any mans wealth if they feel like it, anytime they want, the courts are for them what society is for a male in Saudi Arabia.

      Sorry but it is all about advertising, those who spend all the money in America are all that matter. The bieber chicks will be spending all the money in a few short years, many of them now are able to make 100k a year without a high school diploma.

      July 7, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sebastian2

      Blaming the media? Whatever happened to individuals taking responsibility for their OWN actions? If Bieber gets a ticket, or gets into drugs he has NO ONE to blame but himself. There are plenty of wealthy, successful young people who don't necessarily have to act like jerks.

      July 7, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Johnross1968

    Personally I can NOT stand Bieber, but this paparazzi crap has to stop. Why is it you cant have glow lights under your car in some states due to it being a distraction while you drive but the paparazzi can literally get away with murder (Yes I am thinking of Lady Di)
    I realize that when you get into movies tv and such you make your money by being famous. Which leads to people making money off of you any way they can, including taking pictures. But this is obviously a distraction to driving and is a hazard to not only the people being photographed but everyone else on the road.
    Maybe its time 'We the People' started taking matters into our own hands. You see a paparazzi chasing someone in a car Block them. Hell run them off the road. Maybe after a few of them die risking all of our lives for a few bucks they will think again and maybe just wait to get pictures somewhere safer than a freeway.

    July 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Good idea, genius, "block and run them off the road"? How about if YOU stay off the road, Mad Max?

      July 7, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Leonid Brezhnev

    Too bad the little puke didn't crash and die.

    July 7, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Boogie

    I remember when CNN was a respected news source...now it's TMZ part 2 😦

    July 7, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      @Boogie: And here YOU are gobbling it all up. Mission accomplished CNN.

      July 7, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. george1911

    bieber....it is a mistake for someone under 21 having so much, being so unsupervised, and so not grown up. a short stupid life in the making

    July 7, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John1425

    This news is going to affect the stock market on Monday, be ready for a market crash !!

    July 7, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ben

    i bet none of you have any idea how awful it is to be followed around literally EVERY SINGLE PLACE YOU GO by paparazzi trying to snap your picture, getting in your face, in your way, drawing huge crowds to you and those people all take out their camera phones and start snapping pictures too yelling "justin, justin, justin!" its bad dude. i feel for the guy. must suck, i mean, having all that money must be nice, but it comes at a price. you can't really go out in public anymore, it even said it in the news article people were pulling over off HIGHWAY 101 to snap pictures. this is a fckin freeway. lol. man...their needs to be laws to put paparazzi in check, this is ridiculous – while you shouldn't speed...i dont blame the guy that much.

    July 7, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Celebrity

      I do, and it sux, but i wanted my face out there and my 15 minutes of fame, so....I'll have to take it like a man!

      July 7, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • george1911

      who cares...it comes with his life style...if he does like it, change it...maybe follow Tom Hank's solution to the problem

      July 7, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mark

    Is this really news? News would have been that he wrapped his high price car around a telephone pole. Slap him with his big fine and send him off...why does this get such press, maybe his parents need some supervision, too!

    July 7, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. silentcount

    Impressed that little Beiber is manly enough to own a fast car and know how to drive it. Most celebrities who own exotic cars are just trying to look cool.

    July 7, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Spencer

    "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."

    Never call 911 if you see someone speeding. That's not an emergency and clogs up important phone lines.

    July 7, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rev. Christie Bliss. Ley

    Not a very smart thing to do.

    July 7, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lady B

    Why is this headline news??? This kid is doing some stupid stunt every week to keep his name in the headlines. CNN is just perpetuating his need for attention. Really sad. So many more important issues in the world to report upon, but at least CNN has kept us aprised of Justin's latest screw-up. Thanks, I'll sleep all the more soundly knowing the world is safe from Justin.

    July 7, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. PhilG

    That Bieber-She's such a rebel.

    July 7, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Shawn L

    I thought this was CNN, not TMZ. How is this news?

    July 7, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      because you're reading it. THANK YOU for your interest in the latest Justin Bieber story, and stay tuned for the latest in Justin Bieber news!

      July 7, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CrankMaddog

    This kid needs to get arrested already. If you or I was driving like that, we would have been taken into custody and our car would have been impounded. He could have killed someone. If you don't want people following you around to take your picture, maybe you should drive a less flashy car? And didn't this kid beat someone up a little while ago and then flee the scene? What happened with that???

    July 7, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • meh

      In the last 2 weeks 4 people have been ticketed in Vermont for doing 100mph or more. None of them were arrested.

      July 7, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clarissa

      no the only way you will get arrested is if your doing over 100 and/or racing. There are plenty of highways that go up to 75 mph which means we drive at 80 mph.

      July 9, 2012 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
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