Justin Bieber's publicist is blaming the paparazzi after the pop star was pulled over in Studio City by the CHP. Witnesses say Bieber was speeding down the 101 Freeway, with photographers in hot pursuit. Angie Crouch reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on July 6, 2012.
Singer Justin Bieber was cited for speeding Friday morning after being pulled over on the southbound 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley, according to the California Highway Patrol.
LA City Councilman Dennis Zine was driving on the freeway and called 911 to report the high-speed maneuvering by Bieber and the paparazzi following him.
"It was absolutely outrageous," Zine told NBC. "Horrific. They were driving with complete disregard for people and property. Weaving in and out of traffic. I was heading in an easterly direction and this car came by me at at least 100 miles per hour. He drove by like he was in a rocket ship. "
Zine, a former L.A.P.D. motor officer for 18 years, went on to say that if he had his way, Bieber "should have been arrested and had his car impounded."
The 18-year-old singer, driving a shiny silver Fiska Karma - a luxury, electric vehicle with a base price of $103,000 - was issued a citation and allowed to continue on his way.
None of the other drivers involved in the pursuit were cited at the time, but the C.H.P. is investigating the paparazzi in regards to creating a hazardous situation.
"This is a situation of the paparazzi menacing those on the highway," added Zine. "It was a very frightening situation for motorists - it was a like a police chase."
Request for comment from Bieber's management was not returned at the time of publication.