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. Mike

    Didn't know this kid was old enough to drive?

    July 7, 2012 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dave

    Not enough teenage girls to slow him down as he passes through

    July 7, 2012 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. realitybriar

    Please!! Whenever there is a chase by the police, the video from the helicopter shows a dozen or more cruisers following to arrest just one person. And this time, they didn't have one extra cruiser to stop one of these harassing photographers? Police, get a clue and do your job that we pay you to do. Maybe, just maybe, you can deter this behavior in the future. But first, you. the police, have to do your job.

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

    Somebody slap that kid Twice

    July 7, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
    • BretLA

      even once!!

      July 7, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. Chamborde

    100 miles an hour? The annoying little dweeb needs to learn some responsibility.

    July 7, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. NowhereKid

    welcome to America where stuff like this is news worthy =D

    July 7, 2012 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. i_know_everything

    women drivers!!!

    July 7, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. peteapayne

    Maybe he was thinking nascar racing as his next career. Life goes on you all..........................

    July 7, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    Likely excuse for a kid whose given too much too soon...

    July 7, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • jefflazrn


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

    Who cares. Just lock the little dork up. I am sure he would make a lot of nice friends in prison

    July 7, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Wishing that upon a child shows your true colors. Furthermore, shows your s/n to be correct!

      July 7, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mario

    He was only driving 100 mph in that car. Was he driving an automatic.

    July 7, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Process him, and get over it.

    July 7, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bill

    Spoiled brat kid with very limited talent too!

    July 7, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. Iowa Guy

    Why is this news?

    July 7, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • gofish

      because its a spoiled little brat kid that is going to get himself or someone else killed because he thinks he is above the law being famous.

      July 7, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Salad Spinner

      1.) because you read it. 2.) you made a comment not germane to the story 3.) you are fired as a reporter. 4.) go back to bed.

      July 7, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |

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

      July 7, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mary

    @ Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity" and Portland tony, My sentiments also, yet I hope that the kids will learn a lesson and see how bounderies can be a good thing ...

    July 7, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
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