Justin Bieber: Cop-turned-councilman called 911 to report chase
As paparazzi pursued him on the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley, singer Justin Bieber cut from fast lane to slow lane and even onto the shoulder before the California Highway Patrol pulled him over, said L.A. Councilman Dennis Zine, who called 911 to report the incident.
Bieber, 18, was stopped and cited about 10:45 a.m Friday after CHP officers spotted him driving in a "reckless manner" between Coldwater Canyon and Vineland avenues at speeds in excess of 65 mph, said Officer Ming Hsu.
CHP officers reported seeing at least one other car chasing Bieber, but that vehicle fled the scene when the singer was stopped.
Zine, who spent 33 years in the Los Angeles Police Department and is a reserve officer, said he was headed downtown from the West Valley when he saw the silver sports car being chased.
"I didn't know it was Justin Bieber until later," 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 driving 80 mph. The councilman said he understands the problems celebrities have with paparazzi and sponsored a city law to curb the aggressive behavior. Still, he said, that's no excuse.
"Anytime you do 90, the paparazzi are going to go 90," Zine said.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Singer Justin Bieber at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards on May 20 in Las Vegas. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images