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Justin Bieber freeway chase probed by CHP; paparazzi sought

July 10, 2012 |  7:50 am

Justin Bieber was cited for driving in a "reckless manner" on 101 Freeway

The California Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate an incident in the 101 Freeway on Friday in which paparazzi chased pop star Justin Bieber.

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

Bieber was pulled over in a Fisker Karma sports car about 10:45 a.m. by CHP officers on the 101 at Vineland Avenue and Ventura Boulevard. CHP officials said they were trying to find the cars that were pursuing Bieber.

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.

"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.

A CHP spokeswoman told Rueters: "We're trying to obtain information with regard to the paparazzi so we can look into other violations that occurred as a result of their actions," he said.


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