Justin Bieber stopped for over speeding
08 July 2012 | 1342 Views
Los Angeles - Pop star Justin Bieber was pulled over for speeding down a Los Angeles freeway in his flashy but environmentally friendly sports car on Friday. Police said they were investigating reports that he was being chased by paparazzi photographers.
The 18-year-old singer was driving his chrome-bodied Fisker Karma, a luxury hybrid-electric roadster, west of downtown Los Angeles, when he was stopped by California Highway Patrol officers.
The Canadian-born performer told officers he was being chased on the freeway by paparazzi, but a second car that police saw pursuing the performer's automobile at high speed got away without being stopped, a Highway Patrol spokesperson said.
Bieber, whom police described as polite and co-operative when pulled over, was issued a traffic ticket for speeding and was released, CHP spokesperson Saul Gomez said. He added that Bieber was cited for driving 80 miles per hour (129km/h) in a 65mph (105km/h) zone.
But a Los Angeles city councilman who happened to be driving on that portion of the freeway at the time said the Fisker Karma that roared past him was doing at least 100mph (160km/h) while darting aggressively from one lane to another, with a pack of five or six other cars in hot pursuit.
"He was driving in a careless, reckless fashion," Councilman Dennis Zine told Reuters.
"Just because he's a celebrity doesn't mean he can endanger life and property," said Zine, a 40-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department who is still registered as an LAPD reserve officer.
Neither Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, nor his record label publicist, Melissa Victor, was immediately available for comment. But Braun was quoted by celebrity news website TMZ as calling Zine "a councilman looking for a headline".
Zine bristled at the comment, saying the CHP had received 911 calls from about 10 other motorists reporting the speeding freeway cars. "Their client needs to mature," Zine said.
Highway Patrol spokesperson Gomez said police were still investigating the incident. "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.
Bieber, who has professed a determination to maintain a squeaky-clean image, has had run-ins with the paparazzi before.
In May the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was investigating a complaint that the cherubic-faced vocalist had roughed up a man - identified by TMZ as a celebrity photographer - who was taking pictures of him at a suburban shopping centre.
Most Read Stories
- Rebecca Malope has been married for long but no one knows | 16972 views
- Bev causes UK man to soil pants | 15730 views
- Popular Isidingo actress caught with drugs at airport | 14944 views
- Rapper's wife caught cheating | 14809 views
- Maskandi Mtshengiseni Gcwensa dies | 12793 views
- Bev returns home | 11670 views
Wilbert Mukori | 28 November 2015 | 773 Views
Staff Reporter | 28 November 2015 | 906 Views
Staff reporter | 28 November 2015 | 1649 Views
youtube | 28 November 2015 | 2073 Views
Staff reporter | 28 November 2015 | 2353 Views
facebook | 28 November 2015 | 1622 Views
Staff reporter | 28 November 2015 | 2009 Views
Moyo Roy | 28 November 2015 | 1080 Views
sports reporter | 28 November 2015 | 2082 Views
Munyaradzi Nkomo . B.Com Law ; LL.B UWC | 28 November 2015 | 1579 Views
Staff reporter | 28 November 2015 | 1602 Views
Staff reporter | 28 November 2015 | 938 Views
Staff reporter | 28 November 2015 | 2018 Views
Staff reporter | 28 November 2015 | 1022 Views
Staff reporter | 28 November 2015 | 749 Views
Staff reporter | 28 November 2015 | 1936 Views
youtube | 28 November 2015 | 824 Views
Staff reporter | 28 November 2015 | 1390 Views
online | 28 November 2015 | 3151 Views
youtube | 28 November 2015 | 1122 Views
Stephen Jakes | 28 November 2015 | 796 Views
Stephen Jakes | 28 November 2015 | 1611 Views
Staff reporter | 28 November 2015 | 1205 Views
Staff Reporter | 28 November 2015 | 771 Views
Collette Mukome | 28 November 2015 | 949 Views
Sikhumbuzo Moyo | 28 November 2015 | 1678 Views
Collette Mukome | 28 November 2015 | 1242 Views
Elizabeth Tsuro | 28 November 2015 | 1189 Views
Whinsley Masara | 28 November 2015 | 2792 Views
Lovemore Kadzura | 28 November 2015 | 2043 Views
Tendai Joe | 26 November 2015 | 1711 Views
Bongani Ndlovu | 25 November 2015 | 4403 Views
Staff reporter | 24 November 2015 | 2888 Views
Bongani Ndlovu | 24 November 2015 | 4467 Views
Staff Reporter | 24 November 2015 | 5676 Views
Stephen Jakes | 24 November 2015 | 1742 Views
Staff reporter | 23 November 2015 | 8317 Views
Staff reporter | 23 November 2015 | 1919 Views