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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Heartthrob singer Justin Bieber has been ticketed for speeding on a Los Angeles freeway after being chased by at least one other vehicle, authorities said.
The 18-year-old “Boyfriend” and “Baby” crooner was cited for driving in excess of 65 mph at about 10:45 a.m. on Friday morning, after calls came in complaining of a freeway chase on southbound U.S. Highway 101 near Studio City, said Officer Ming Hsu of the California Highway Patrol.
“The second vehicle left the area and there’s a search to find that driver,” Hsu said.
Hsu did not have a description of the other vehicle.
A call and an email to Bieber’s publicist weren’t immediately returned.
The claim of a chase is backed by eyewitness Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine, who called authorities after seeing Bieber’s distinctive chrome Fisker Karma being chased by five or six other cars.
Zine, who spent 33 years as an officer for the LAPD, estimated the chase exceeded 100 mph as paparazzi engaged in wild maneuvers to keep up with Bieber, including driving on the shoulder and cutting off other vehicles.
“This was very bizarre, very outrageous and showed a total disregard for life and property,” Zine said.
Zine, a witness to countless crashes and fatalities during his time as an officer, said he was surprised no one crashed.
Friday’s incident isn’t the only time the floppy-haired singer has had conflict with paparazzi. In May, a photographer called authorities, complaining he was roughed up by the pop star in a shopping center, The Commons at Calabasas.
Authorities said the scuffle happened when a photographer tried to snap photos of Bieber and his girlfriend, teen actress Selena Gomez.
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