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. Moishe

    Publicity set-up. His Spin Dr. doesn't want him out of the news for more than a week.

    July 7, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. P NESS

    In other news 105 people were killed in Russia by flooding

    July 7, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pete

    It's a she. It's not a he.

    July 7, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. hellstromm

    Paparazzi in the U.S., needs to end. It doesn't matter if they're "working," it is in violation of many U.S. and California laws, including constructive invasion of privacy, stalking, assault (including car chases or harassment), and profiting from someone's likeness without permission or providing compensation. Now we're having Princess Di scenarios (and yes, I'm comparing Bieber to a Princess) in the streets of L.A., a direct violation not merely of speed laws, but assault laws specifically targeted at paparazzi. Unfortunately, instead of pulling over the pursuer (paparazzi), the police officer pulled over the pursued (Bieber). Time to end this. Make paparazzi an illegal occupation. Photographic journalism is an ethical occupation, but there's really no grey areas when someone switches from journalistic photography to paparazzi-type photography. Selling photographs of celebrities that are taken outside of a public event, and are obtained without permission, should garner no civil penalties. Commission of a crimes, likewise needs to be enforced. And finally, police need to approach this responsibility... both vehicles should have been stopped, or at least the license of both vehicles obtained for follow-up (the paparazzi who fled had violated three laws: speeding, assault (vehicular pursuit), and fleeing from police (or, at the very least, from the scene of a crime).

    Laws are already in the books, and a few more should be added. However, all the laws in the world mean nothing if the enforcers don't do their jobs correctly. This isn't an issue of Bieber speeding, it's an issue of the police failing to perform their jobs in a manner that secures the safety, security, and privacy of all concerned.

    July 7, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cheapseats2

    He should have attended the Lindsay Lohan school of driving. Lesson #27: Always have someone else in the car with you. Then, when you get into trouble, claim that the other person was driving.

    July 7, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Riley

    Is a Fisker Karma a new brand of bicycle? He must have been riding it downhill to reach a speed that high. And what about that picture? I can't believe he would wear them earrings...especially with that dark blue beanie.

    July 7, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nady+b1[

    Oh no my cutie pie got a ticket ! Not bragging but I think if he saw me he would fall in love with me like I have for him.Most guys here are just plain jealous because he is hot and they are not.

    July 7, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Frank

    People of the United States of America,
    Justin Beiber will end up just like Lindsy Lohan,Amy Whinehouse and Kurt Cobain

    July 7, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bobo

    Good Lord, is he old enough to drive?

    July 7, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clarissa

      he is 18 yrs old. give me a break.

      July 9, 2012 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mike fromCalgary

    Papparazi even deliberate cutoff, collide with, harrass and stalk celebriities. The papparazi staklking and chasing killed Lady Diana and 2 others in one incident, they struck Lindsay Lohan's car and caused another collision. Lord knows how many targets and people who happen to be in the area are injured or killed by the papparazi pursuits!

    The law needs to be changed to recognize a person's exlusive right to the commercial use of their own image or likeness or photos. That would eliminate papparazi pursuits and ambushes and the toll that they take on bystanders.

    July 7, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cindy J

    WHAT A TEENAGE BOY SPEEDING!!! What is this world coming to? The end of days must be close

    July 7, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Beth Ann Molovitz

    My son has been ticked for going 90/45. He was charged with reckless driving, too. An 18 yo doing this? Not really news...LOL

    July 7, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. PaddingtonPoohBear

    Drive a CHROME plated supercar and you WILL be recognized genius. Why try to run from people who make you more and more famous???

    July 8, 2012 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. kingkong

    he should be arrested and given 5 years hard time....just because of who he is..

    July 9, 2012 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. Anthony albo

    If he was going the speed limit, the papparazi couldn't catch him anyway.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
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