LA councilman called 911 on Justin Bieber's 'reckless' driving

Jul 9 2012 - 12:45pm

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FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2012 file photo, Justin Bieber appears for a hand and footprint ceremony honoring musician Michael Jackson in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. Authorities say heartthrob singer Bieber has been ticketed for speeding on a Los Angeles freeway after being chased by at least one other vehicle. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2012 file photo, Justin Bieber appears for a hand and footprint ceremony honoring musician Michael Jackson in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. Authorities say heartthrob singer Bieber has been ticketed for speeding on a Los Angeles freeway after being chased by at least one other vehicle. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

LOS ANGELES - Even though he was being chased by the paparazzi, Justin Bieber had no excuse for his dangerous driving Friday on the 101 Freeway, an L.A. councilman who witnessed the incident said.

Bieber was stopped and cited Friday for driving in a "reckless manner" on the freeway.

Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine, who called 911 to report the incident, said he saw paparazzi pursuing Bieber. The councilman said he understands the problems celebrities have with some photographers and sponsored a city law to curb the aggressive behavior. Still, he said, that's no excuse.

"Any time you do 90, the paparazzi are going to go 90," Zine said.

"He was going from the fast lane to the slow lane to the shoulder in traffic. It was a very dangerous driving situation. I figured someone was going to crash, so I called 911."

Zine said Bieber admitted to driving 80 mph.

He said he believes the singer and the tabloid photographers should have been arrested for reckless driving. "This reminds me of the Princess Diana situation," Zine said.

Bieber was pulled over in a Fisker Karma sports car about 10:45 a.m. PDT by CHP officers on the 101 at Vineland Avenue and Ventura Boulevard.

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)2012 Los Angeles Times

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