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. BretLA

    was he also cited for causing damage to modern popular music? That last release ("boyfriend") deserves a stiff fine...horrendous.

    July 7, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. B Cuff

    This proves the LAPD has something against lesbians

    July 7, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. BGMchocolate

    The punk is 18 years old, he's not a kid! For this reckless driving he should be punished swiftly and severely! Have his license revoked and sent away on community service. The paparazzi can take pictures of him picking up trash while wearing an orange jumpsuit along the highway.

    July 7, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. fernace

    Justin Bieber is a kid & like most kid's, doesn't think thing's through before reacting & he has papparazzi in his face all the time! At that speed he's lucky to not have killed himself, his passenger, (Selena G?), or any1 else on the road! Nevertheless, papparazzi are basically able to break laws that would at least cost huge fines, at most cost a jail sentence for the rest of us mortals! C-leb's are constantly complaining about the encroachment of their privacy by these ruthless people, but no1 really takes them seriously, because they're rich & famous & that's the price for fame, right!? Except their behavior to "get a story/pic" is thoughtless, despi.cable & often dangerous! There must be ways to rein them in ! PS. Bieber is a very talented boy whose music is mainly geared to the tween/teen demographic! Those who don't like it can say That, no need for disparraging remarks!!

    July 7, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • random

      wow . . . just . . . wow

      July 7, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |

    Not really sure why this is in the news. How many more tickets were given in LA that day? Why didn't you report on those?

    July 7, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Garr Obo

    Justin WHO?

    July 7, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Floyd Turbo

      Welcome to Planet Earth, Garr. How are things on Planet Zoltar?

      July 7, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. Born2soon

    He obviously didn't learn anything from Princess Diana's death.

    July 7, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • parentof4

      Too soon?

      July 7, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. Beelzel

    He can reach the pedals now? His defense will probably be the wooden blocks tied to his feet slipped ... thus causing the excess speed...

    July 7, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. John Stone

    .......a spike strip's put in place.....Biebers' vehicle, at high speed, travels over the strip puncturing the tires.......Bieber loses control the vehicle flips......Bieber dies a horrible lingering death and the world is saved from the male Britney Spears and a lifetime of uselessness......aaaaahhhhhh damn just woke up and discovered I was dreaming !!

    July 7, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. Earnest T Bass

    " go away little boy"

    July 7, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. tom

    She is an idiot....I think this little lez is gonna be headed for big trouble.

    July 7, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. NoBieberFeverHere

    At some point this guy's maturity has to come into question as his list of antics continue to grow. The paparazzi are parasites, no doubts about that. However, this is the business he and his mother chose to get him into when she first posted his video online. Be thankful you are considered a successful entertainer and learn how to handle the bad along with the good.

    July 7, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • mike hunt

      dude, he just turned 18. im not sure you can consider a speeding ticket a sign of immaturety since im sure you have gotten pleny after you turned 18.

      July 7, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  13. Tim

    He better be careful. He's got the biggest daycare in the world. They might pull his license if he gets too destructive. Who would listen to him "sing" then

    July 7, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  14. KR

    The truth is that he is a spoiled little punk who things everything is a big joke. He is now trying to shed his squeeky clean image for this "bad boy" image....tattoos.....fighting with photographers, etc. The reality is that he is just another teenage punk who will one day bite off way more than he can chew. Hopefully he does not take anyone out with him when he hits bottom.

    July 7, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. ron

    bieber pegged for it

    July 7, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
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