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Justin Bieber cited for speeding, claims chase
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.
Bieber told officers he was being chased by paparazzi, Hsu said.
"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.
On his morning commute to City Hall, Zine said he saw Bieber's sports car drive up behind him and zoom around him, weaving wildly in and out of traffic while five or six other cars gave chase.
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.