Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis P. Zine wants pop sensation Justin Bieber arrested. On Friday morning, the 18-year-old star was pulled over for going speeds that Zine estimated at more than 100 mph.
Bieber was driving like a maniac, Zine told TMZ. He was weaving in and out of traffic. There was hardly any space between cars as he weaved from lane to lane.
Zine, who TMZ said was a motor officer in the Los Angeles Police Department for 18 years, went on to suggest that the officers who pulled the Biebs over should have done more than just issue a citation.
If I was on patrol, I would have arrested him for reckless driving, the councilman told TMZ. I was going 60, and he drove by me like he was in a rocket ship. He was a maniac.
During a call to TMZ, Zine mentioned he was on the way to City Hall to get some work done, which Bieber's manager Scooter Braun found odd because the politician still managed to make time to get in contact with the entertainment gossip site.
Fox News said the officer who ticketed Bieber wrote the heartthrob was traveling at only 65 mph, a far cry from over 100, as follows: California Highway Patrol Officer Ming Hsu says Bieber was cited for driving in excess of 65 mph at about 10:45 a.m. on Friday ... after calls came in complaining of a freeway chase on southbound U.S. Highway 101 near Studio City.
Braun told TMZ that Zine is just a councilman looking for a headline and that Bieber was given a ticket for going 80 mph, which he had to do to get away from the paparazzi who were following him.
After being pulled over the first time, Bieber called 911 himself and reported he was being harassed by the camera people. TMZ suggested the California Highway Patrol is investigating the paparazzi for creating a hazardous situation. Here is a video of the second traffic stop.
According to local news channel KABC officers confirmed that one vehicle was chasing another, and police stopped the lead vehicle, which was Bieber's.
Zine claims he didn't know Bieber was in the main car.
Zine does have a history , however, of championing the cause of celebrities over the paparazzi, according to the L.A. Times. He even compared yesterday's event to the Princess Diana situation.
Zine, who once proposed a city ordinance to limit aggressive tabloid behavior, said the photographers should have been cited or arrested too, the newspaper wrote. In 2010, California lawmakers stiffened penalties for paparazzi caught driving recklessly to photograph celebrities.
No word yet on how his video conference with TMZ helped L.A. citizens.