Another day, another paparazzi dust-up for Justin Bieber. The “Boyfriend” singer, who is already facing potential legal action over a previous criminal battery complaint after a shoving match with a tabloid snapper, was pulled over in Los Angeles on Friday (July 6) after allegedly flooring it to evade the paps.
According to TMZ, Los Angeles police cited Bieber, 18, for speeding on the 101 Freeway. An alleged witness to the singer’s lead foot, Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine, told the site that he thinks Bieber should have lost his license, been arrested and locked up.
Zine, who was an LAPD motor officer for 18 years, happened to be on the 101 when he allegedly spotted Bieber’s tricked-out, all-silver Fisker Karma zooming by at what he claimed were speeds exceeding 100 m.p.h. The councilman claimed that Bieber was trying to lose a team of paparazzi who were chasing him.
“Bieber was driving like a maniac,” said Zine. “He was weaving in and out of traffic. There was hardly any space between cars as he weaved from lane to lane … If I was on patrol, I would have arrested him for reckless driving. I was going 60 and he drove by me like he was in a rocket ship. He was a maniac.”
While a spokesperson for Bieber had no comment at press time, his manager, Scooter Braun, denied Zine’s claims and said the councilman was just “looking for a headline.” Braun said Bieber was cited for going 80 m.p.h. and that he was being chase by the photographers at the time. He added that the paparazzi resumed their chase a short time after Bieber was pulled over, prompting the young star to call 911 for help.
A law enforcement source said the California Highway Patrol is investigating the paparazzi for possibly causing a dangerous situation. The one thing Zine agrees with Braun on is that the paparazzi were acting irresponsibly. He claimed they were driving on the shoulder of the freeway and causing an “extreme hazard.” Even after Bieber was pulled over by cops, he was reportedly surrounded by four photographers angling for a shot.
This is not the first time Bieber has run into trouble in his custom ride. Over the past year he’s gotten ticketed for making an unsafe turn, cutting off a highway patrolman and reportedly for looking too young to drive.