My wife loves Justin Bieber, so this story had to get mentioned in our Traffic Attorney Blog. Turns out ‘ol Biebs likes to drive fast. Although, admittedly, he was doing it to try to get away from the crazies that are following him all the time.
What happened? Read below, hot off the press (pic courtesy of popcrush.com):
Justin Bieber in “Totally Reckless” 100mph High Speed Car Chase Through LA
Justin Bieber was apparently involved in a 100mph chase in LA as he tried to get away from paparazzi.
The man/boy (we’re still confused) was given a speeding ticket by police at about 10.45am yesterday but insisted he was being chased by five or six other cars.
This claim is backed by a local councillor called Dennis Zine, who called authorities after seeing Bieber’s distinctive chrome Fisker Karma being chased.
Zine, who was a Los Angeles police officer for 33 years (with 18 of them spent as an LAPD motor cop), reckons that the chase exceeded 100mph as paparazzi engaged in wild manoeuvres to keep up with Bieber, including driving on the hard shoulder and cutting up other vehicles.
Zine told TMZ said he saw Bieber’s car drive up behind him and zoom around him, weaving wildly in and out of traffic while the other cars gave chase and reckons his estimate that he was driving at 100mph were “conservative”.
Bieber was given a speeding ticket, but Zine reckons he should have been pulled off the road for driving recklessly and speeding. Even though the paps were hounding him he was still endangering lives. He said: “This was very bizarre, very outrageous and showed a total disregard for life and property.
“The way [Bieber] was driving was totally reckless, I would have arrested him if I had pulled him over,” he said. “I wouldn’t have given him a ticket and let him go.”
TMZ are reporting that a total of 10 other drivers called 911 and that a member of Bieber’s security team was in the passenger seat during the chase.
Bieber’s had a bit of a bad time with being harassed recently. He was caught running away from paps a few weeks ago, had a go at some fans who wouldn’t leave him alone while he was waiting to meet his girlfriend, Selena Gomez, at the airport and is still waiting to hear if he’s going to be charged for reportedly roughing up a pap who wouldn’t leave the couple alone in May.
Last April Bieber called off a meeting with the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, saying he had cancelled partly because he did not want to face the country’s notoriously aggressive paparazzi.
Would You Speed if You Were Rolling in this Car?
Here’s a picture of the car at the time he actually got pulled over (pic courtesy of getitwritehere.com) – I can see why he’d want to speed in it.
Two Lessons to Learn from Justin Bieber
What’s the lesson to be learned here? There are two. First, even Justin Bieber being chased by the paparazzi isn’t excuse enough to keep from getting issued a speeding ticket. And second, once he goes out and hires a great traffic lawyer, he’ll be all taken care of.