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Paparazzi chasing Justin Bieber should be arrested, Zine says

July 6, 2012 |  6:47 pm

Justin Bieber
The Los Angeles city councilman who witnessed the paparazzi in a high-speed pursuit of Justin Bieber said the singer and the tabloid photographers should have been arrested for reckless driving.

"This reminds me of the Princess Diana situation," said Dennis Zine, who called 911 to report the chase on the 101 Freeway  on Friday morning.

Zine said he saw Bieber cut from the fast lane to the slow lane and even onto the shoulder. He was being pursued by several cars.

"It was like slot cars, they were going so fast," Zine said. "It was a very dangerous driving situation. I figured someone was going to crash,  so I called 911."

Zine said he did not know it was Beiber until later.

California Highway Patrol officials said they stopped and cited Bieber for reckless driving. Although an officer saw at least one car pursuing the singer, that vehicle fled the scene once Bieber was pulled over, CHP Officer Ming Hsu said.

Zine, who once proposed a city ordinance to limit aggressive tabloid behavior, said the photographers should have been cited or arrested too.

In 2010, California lawmakers stiffened penalties for paparazzi caught driving recklessly to photograph celebrities.

But Zine said that being chased by paparazzi is not a reason for Bieber to speed or drive in a way that endangers himself or others.

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


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Photo: Justin Bieber catches some air while performing at the Nokia Theater on July 17, 2010. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times