A Los Angeles politician who saw Justin Bieber allegedly reaching speeds of up to 100 miles per hour on a busy city freeway last week said he believes the pop heartthrob should be arrested.
“As I watched, I was anticipating a crash,” Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine told ABC News of the Friday incident. “It was chaos. Total willful disregard for people on the roadway.”
On his morning commute to City Hall, Zine, who spent 33 years as a police officer, 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 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.
Zine called 911.
Police stopped the “Boyfriend” singer in his sports car – a $100,000 Fisker Karma he reportedly received from manager Scooter Braun for his 18th birthday – and gave him a ticket for driving more than 65 miles per hour.
Bieber said he was being chased by aggressive paparazzi and he filed a complaint against one photographer, TMZ reported.
Officials reportedly showed up at Bieber’s video shoot to continue their investigation. The same photographer who had been accused of chasing Bieber earlier in the day was also at the shoot, camera in hand.
“It’s hard to blame solely the paparazzi,” attorney Mark Geragos, who is not connected to this case, told “Good Morning America.” “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.”
Bieber has had run-ins with the paparazzi before. Los Angeles prosecutors are still contemplating whether to file charges against the singer from an incident in May in which Bieber allegedly scuffled with a photographer who was trying to snap pictures of the singer and his girlfriend, actress Selena Gomez.
Bieber has also been in trouble on the road before. He has been pulled over multiple times in his customized “Batmobile” Cadillac CTS-V for infractions including making a left turn from a middle lane and speeding through a construction zone.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.