Pop star Justin Bieber apparently caused quite a commotion while in Southern California last week. However, it wasn't for putting on a show before thousands of fans at the Staples Center or for signing autographs at a local radio station, but rather for flouting vehicle traffic laws as he dodged paparazzi on Los Angeles' 101 freeway.
According to news reports, police pulled over the teen singing sensation last Friday morning after receiving 911 calls reporting that his $100,000 Fisker Karma sports car was weaving in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed as it was being pursued by a group of photographers.
Bieber was ultimately issued a speeding ticket for driving more than 65 miles-per-hour. However, he also filed a complaint against a least one photographer involved in the pursuit.
L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine, who was a police officer for 33 years, witnessed the incident while on his way to work and estimated that the chase easily exceeded speeds of 100 miles-per-hour. In fact, he has since expressed his opinion that Bieber should be arrested.
"As I watched, I was anticipating a crash," he said. "It was chaos. Total willful disregard for people on the roadway."
While a Bieber arrest appears unlikely at this point, police are still investigating the incident.
In the meantime, some legal experts have expressed their belief that Bieber is perhaps not without some fault for the incident.
"It's hard to blame solely the paparazzi," said famed attorney Mark Geragos, who is not otherwise involved in the case. "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."
It is worth noting that this is not Bieber's first traffic ticket in L.A. He has been pulled over and ticketed by law enforcement officials several times for various transgressions in his custom Cadillac CTS-V, including exceeding the speed limit in a construction zone.
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ABC News, "Justin Bieber should be arrested, Los Angeles politician says," Todd Sperry, July 9, 2012