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. Dan

    OMG! A 100 MPH Rocket ship! That's just crazy wild stuff! (so while everyone else is driving 80, he slides by at 20 mph more). More valium folks... just keep it coming...

    July 7, 2012 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. james

    In L.A. (if the description is correct) he needs to be awarded for superior manuvering skills...that impossible on LA freeways.

    July 7, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. 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. And didn't he beat someone up a month ago and flee the scene? What happened with that???

    July 7, 2012 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
    • guest

      The ones that should be arrested are the crazy paparazzi that keep following the celebrat

      July 7, 2012 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jalen

    This is front page news why?

    July 7, 2012 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. Twna B.

    Really is this the American way ? Who cares about who's blk or who's white.Just knw that it's not Obama fault but........... We as americans just dnt get it wow

    July 7, 2012 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. NoodleHat

    He should also be cited for false representation as a musician.

    July 7, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. Steve M

    People getting a traffic citation is not news. And even if it was it's not a reason to hate on the kid.

    July 7, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    I am just wondering why this isn't on the Marquee Blog...

    July 7, 2012 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mike from Orlando, Florida

    wait..this is a news site right? not a tabloid? ok just checking

    July 7, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Sofia

    If you want to become famous and if you are famous you should take the expenses of fame as a real fact and put up with it.You shoul give other people a chance to make money with your name and be patient towards your fans. Otherwise you will get into trouble by violating the rules. Ithink this boy likes chasing and being chased because this is a game and all life can become a play. I advise Mr. Beiber start counting his shoes...

    July 7, 2012 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. dike

    should have gifted him a bike..
    what about ticketing the other car??? CHP PIG Ming Hsu must have his/her eyes on the beautiful car instead of the other beat up car which would have caused an accident.
    100mph???? on a Karma.... big deal... wonder if one drives at 150mph CNN would call it faster than speed of light...

    July 7, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

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

    Plus, unnamed papo is not nearly as newsworthy as Bieber...is one considers a traffic stop all that newsworthy...

    July 7, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. John Q Citizen

    It was a tossup between this story and the one about the continued massacre of Syrian citizens by it's own government that made my list for top story of the day. Thanks CNN!

    July 7, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. Michael

    He needs to be arrested and deported as an undesirable alien....first he's speeding, soon he'll be banging Mexicans....oops forgot he's already doing that....

    July 7, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. Abin

    This is news! Pathetic

    July 7, 2012 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
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