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. Sam

    Oh please, he got a speeding ticket.

    July 7, 2012 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      And driving 100mph with other cars tailing at 100mph. Can you imagine if anyone lost control? That would have been metal nightmare. So yeah, ^he should get in trouble.

      July 7, 2012 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Nate

    The fact that this is the first tab of relevant international news on the CNN home page is a disgrace. This is the most important thing going on right now that it's at the top of CNN's news list?? Are you KIDDING?!?!

    July 7, 2012 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Christopher Shepherd

    Reports: Justin Bieber dead after reported reckless driving. Now THATS worthy of news.

    July 7, 2012 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joe

    This is why CNN is a joke.

    July 7, 2012 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Swinger

    Am not happy

    July 7, 2012 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bill

    If only he had died, that would be perfect.

    July 7, 2012 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
    • puzzled

      Hey Bill,re-evaluate your life.And do your kids a favour,and don't have them!

      July 7, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. Nate

    And this is news because? Somebody remind me why I read CNN again.

    July 7, 2012 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. MrBiggz

    Lets see .. The judge will get an personal autographed picture with him, a slap on the wrist and a don't be coming back now! If it were me, I'd be locked up, car impounded and probably have so many fines I'd have to get like 3 or 4 jobs to get out of hock to the state!

    July 7, 2012 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jason

    Sounds like some ace driving for a teenager...these photog jackals are no joke. I grew up in Detroit and now I live on Sunset Blvd...I have seen this BS firsthand. At least in the D you knew who was after you...and you could get even.

    July 7, 2012 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  10. Bob

    Breaking News: Kim Kardashian bought a hat

    July 7, 2012 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. Patrick

    Aww but it's okay cause he loves him some jeebus.

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

    Even though some of you may hate him, the Paparazzi are annoying as hell. They're always harassing him, and this time he snapped.

    July 7, 2012 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      And potentially killed scores. No excuses. If he can't handle the job, he can get out of the limelight.

      July 7, 2012 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. Rob

    Even though a lot of you may hate him, the Paparazzi are annoying as hell. They're always harassing him, and this time he snapped.

    July 7, 2012 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jenni

    Too bad he didn't crash and burn.

    July 7, 2012 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
    • puzzled

      and aren't you a little cutie-pie.

      July 7, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  15. Brian

    More hard hitting news from CNN.

    July 7, 2012 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
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