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Arrest Bieber for Reckless Driving in Los Angeles, Says Official

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Justin Bieber in his Fisker Karma on The Ellen Degeneres Show

Justin Bieber in his Fisker Karma on The Ellen Degeneres Show, before he had it wrapped in flashy chrome and more. (This is a screen capture from an online video.)

Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine says teen pop star Justin Bieber should be arrested for driving recklessly last Friday, according to ABC News. Zine called 911 to report the 18-year-old Bieber on Friday morning while driving to work, as Bieber’s car drove up behind him and zoomed around him, “weaving wildly in and out of traffic” while six other cars chased him, ABC News reports. “As I watched, I was anticipating a crash,” Zine told ABC News. “It was chaos. Total willful disregard for people on the roadway,” said Zine, who was a police officer for 33 years.

Police stopped Bieber and cited him for driving in a reckless manner on the freeway, as LA Times blog L.A. Now writes. Bieber admitted to driving 80 miles per hour. Zine estimated Bieber was going as fast as 100 mph as paparazzi “engaged in wild maneuvers to keep up with Bieber, including driving on the shoulder and cutting off other vehicles,” according to the ABC News article.

Bieber said paparazzi were chasing him, and he filed a complaint against one photographer. But not everyone believes the paparazzi are totally to blame for Bieber’s behavior. ABC News writes the following:

‘It’s hard to blame solely the paparazzi,’ attorney Mark Geragos, who is not connected to this case, told ‘Good Morning America.’ ‘Bieber drives a car that attracts quite a bit of attention. Pictures of that will bring money to paparazzi if they see it and sell the pictures, especially of him in the car.’

As this blog has noted previously, Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun (who discovered Bieber from Youtube videos in 2008), gave him a $102,000 Fisker Karma electric luxury sportscar for his 18th birthday, and Bieber had it pimped out with a flashy chrome wrap, dark-tinted windows, a strip of fuchsia LEDs under the grille, and black 22 inch wheels.

ABC News writes that this was not Bieber’s first run-in with police on the road:

Bieber has also been in trouble on the road before. He has been pulled over multiple times in his customized ‘Batmobile’ Cadillac CTS-V for infractions including making a left turn from a middle lane and speeding through a construction zone.

This blog has reported that Bieber is a stockholder in PhoneGuard, a Boca Raton, FL company that makes Drive Safe, a free app to prevent texting while driving. The Drive Safe app also includes a phone locator, phone information wipe (in case of a stolen phone), and — perhaps most notably, in the case of Bieber’s recent reckless driving incident — a speed parameter function. PhoneGuard ran an online promotion in 2011, in which one person who downloaded the app would win Bieber’s autographed world tour jacket.

According to Wikipedia:

With a global fan base, termed as “Beliebers”, and over 20 million followers on Twitter, Bieber was named by Forbes in 2012 as the third-most-powerful celebrity in the world; he had earned an estimated US$55 million in the previous 12 months.[14] As of May 2012, Bieber had sold 15 million albums.[14]  […] Justin Bieber has a higher score on the Klout online “influence” scale than Barack Obama or The Dalai Lama.

Image by The Ellen Degeneres Show, used under Fair Use: Reporting.

 

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