Last week Bieber was cited by the California Highway Patrol for speeding following a flurry of 911 cars that his vehicle was weaving in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed. At least one of those calls came from Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine who told reporters he estimated Bieber was traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour.
In his defense Bieber told the officer who pulled him over that he was trying to evade a group of paparazzi, and other calls reported seeing Bieber’s car being chased. However, that is really no excuse for dangerous driving. He might have evaded the photographers but if he killed himself or someone else doing it, what good would that accomplish?
No one is saying Bieber should be a Boy Scout, but he should recognize the fact that he is a role model for millions of impressionable young people around the world and compose himself appropriately. Especially when he is behind the wheel of a three thousand missile made of plastic and steel and sharing the road with folks who may not even be fans of his music.
“It was a very dangerous, chaotic situation,” Zine said. “I was driving 60 to 65 miles per hour. When he passed me, he was…driving in a careless, reckless fashion.”
Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, who bought the car for the “Boyfriend” crooner, told TMZ Zine’s story was rubbish, saying, “[Zine] is just a councilman looking for a headline.”
Zine soon responded, saying, “I’m a councilman trying to save lives,” adding that he would testify against Bieber if asked.
This isn’t the first time Bieber has gotten into a highly publicized incident with the paparazzi.
In May, he got into an alleged scuffle with a photog in Calabasas, Calif., while out and about with girlfriend Selena Gomez.