Justin Bieber Can't Plead Innocence in Crazy Highway Chase Ticket

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Justin BieberSo here's something I never imagined I'd be covering for my celebrity-news beat any time soon: Justin Bieber was in a high-speed chase on the 101 in LA last Friday. While I'd sort of love to report that he was being tailed by cops while he attempted to escape to Mexico -- his every pop-prince orifice crammed with balloons full of heroin -- it appears that Bieber's wild highway ride was in fact caused by a team of paparazzi.

Well, if you believe a team of paparazzi can be held at fault for causing someone to drive at "excessive speeds" in his luxury chrome Fisker Karma. That's apparently what the CHP is chewing over right now: whether or not Bieber is actually responsible for his 80+mph ticket.

The one piece of the story that's indisputably true is that Bieber was cited for speeding on Friday, but as for what happened beforehand, there's a lot of he-said he-said going on. According to L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine -- a onetime LAPD motor officer who claims to have witnessed Bieber's driving -- Bieber was heading down the 101 in speeds that exceeded 100 mph while trying to ditch a team of photographers:

Bieber was driving like a maniac. 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.

Zine says that while Bieber was going way too fast, the paparazzi were also irresponsible, driving on the shoulder of the freeway and causing extreme hazards. The CHP is apparently considering all the information in this incident, with one source saying Bieber may be found innocent of any wrongdoing:

This was like a Princess Diana situation. It was not Bieber's fault.

Personally, I can't really see how it wasn't Bieber's fault. Yeah, the paps are intrusive and probably cause a lot of dangerous situations in their pursuit of an exclusive photo, but it's not like Bieber's only choice was to drive that fast. He could have slowed way down, he could have pulled over, he could have called the police, he could have done lots of things other than put the pedal to the ($100,000 hybrid luxury sports sedan) metal.

I'm not saying the paparazzi shouldn't be held responsible -- maybe they should be fined or prevented from selling photos for a while, depending on what actually happened on Friday -- but if Justin Bieber weasels out of his well-deserved speeding ticket, I'll ... I'll ... well, I'll do NOTHING AT ALL, but I won't be happy about it.

Do you think Justin Bieber should be held responsible for speeding from paps last week?

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zombi... zombiemommy916

Like I said before, he is a celebrity of his own making...therefore, dealing with paps comes with the territory and other famous people manage to deal with it and not cause average citizens possible harm...seems like a pretty selfish move to me and he should definitely be held accountable...

Taisie Taisie

I think he should be held responsible, he should have to pay the ticket, but I also think the paparazzi should be held responsible also...


I think they should be be punished for the same thing. The paparazzi has gotten totally out of control with these starts and the photo's they go after. They peer into their bedroom windows for heaven sakes. They're both guilty of wrong doing. Just because you're a musician, athlete or actor, you don't deserve this.

DebaLa DebaLa

Is why boys/men's auto insurance rates are higher: poorer judgment, higher-risk takers. Add celebrity and money, you got that on steroids.

nonmember avatar jp

DebaLn, one of the big reasons auto insurance is so high is because women like to put on makeup, drink Starbucks, talk on phone, and text while driving. I've even seen women steering with their knees while doing their multi-tasking.

Darin Walker

The next time a Woman runs or speeds up because some man is following her, should we blame her for being stupid or reckless?

Darin Walker

Just for clarification: When did the paparazzi get a special license that allows them to stalk and endanger people on the road, especially interstates?


I thought roads were supposed to be safe for all of us.. If they get to drive any way they want, and chase people around on the roads, then why can't we all?


Is this a special press pass now that our highway patrol is giving out?


Princess Diana was murdered by the paparazzi, and I will not be satisfied until it is open season for these scum bags. All this celebrity crap needs to have some serious boundaries set.


He's just a kid caught up in a life style he doesn't fully comprehend yet, and he's feeling the pressure of these scum bags violating his life at every angle.


I can't wait until there is a press outlet that is solely dedicated to shoving microscopes up the rears of other press personnel, just to give them a taste of their own medicine. Violate them everywhere, just like they do.


I understand that celebs have a slight difference in their vocation because advertising in their business is a personal presentation of themselves in the public eye, but that still doesn't translate into personal violations. While they should have to accept a degree exposer in public to semi-aggressive efforts to collect information about them, it should have boundaries set for their safety.


Funny thing is, I don't even like Bieber, but I do respect life and truth.

bondu... bondurantboy

I think he can now with the other 7 calls release about the paps where chasing him. that very strong that he was being chase the is hard to break a live reconding. if it goes that far the judgr will throw it out. maybe LA people need to turn in their paps it the only way bieber has to pay the ticket, but they will not come in. everyone know it.  how funny it is the only gouy to tell his name was zine can makes you wonder if the cop was playing favorites now doesn't it nobody else give their name and the dispacter did ask for it either. so it looks like he going to get out one way or another start turning in the paparazzi if you want bieber to pay the ticket people in LA land.

nonmember avatar BLUEJAYS

Yes the paparazzi should be held for their action to maybe this will teach them do not chase down a celeb to just take a picture it's wrong to do that. that why cal has a paparazzi law if they were not to look in to it. They would of been break a law the was put in place two years ago. why have a law if your are not going to abide by it.

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