Justin Bieber accuses photographer in chase
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Justin Bieber reportedly has filed a harassment complaint against a photographer, shortly after a high-speed chase led to the teen pop star himself being cited by police.
The automotive incident began Friday about 10:45 a.m. when Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine witnessed Bieber's distinctive Fisker Karma -- an Anaheim, Calif.-made luxury electric car that sells for $95,000 to $108,000 -- on the 101 Freeway doing an estimated 100 miles per hour. Zine called 911, and two California Highway Patrol officers pulled Bieber over at Vineland Avenue and Ventura Boulevard.
CHP Officer Ming Hsu told the Los Angeles Times that Bieber was driving in excess of 65 mph, but said the precise speed was not available. Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, acknowledged to TMZ.com that Bieber was cited for driving 80 mph, adding that the singer was being chased by paparazzi. Braun said the photographers afterward resumed their chase and this time Bieber called 911.
"Bieber was driving like a maniac," Zine, a former LAPD officer, told TMZ. "He was weaving in and out of traffic. There was hardly any space between cars as he weaved from lane to lane."
The councilman said if he were still on the force, "I would have arrested him for reckless driving. I was going 60 and he drove by me like he was in a rocket ship."
A CHP officer met with Bieber on Friday at a music-video shoot in downtown Los Angeles, TMZ said, to take a statement for the singer's complaint against a photographer whose license plate number Bieber took down. The website said the photographer in question was also at the music-video shoot and police took his statement as well.