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Justin Bieber's Paparazzi Chase Should Have Got Him Arrested - L.A. Councilman Dennis Zine

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Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 4:59 PM
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Updated at the bottom: Zine tells us what happened. First posted at 12:44 p.m.

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L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine opened a can of verbal whoop ass on Justin Bieber after he spotted the pop star speeding in Sherman Oaks this morning.

Biebs got a speeding ticket for driving in excess of 65 miles an hour on the southbound 101 freeway near Coldwater Canyon Avenue, California Highway Patrol Officer Ming Hsu told the Weekly.

It all happened ...

... about 10:45 a.m., the officer said. L.A. City Councilman and LAPD reserve Officer Dennis Zine (a.k.a. "Super Z") called in a "reckless driver" report, it would appear, the CHP officer says.

The traffic stop was made off the freeway, on Vineland Avenue, Hsu said.

Zine told TMZ that he came across Biebs speeding at more than 100 miles per hour in his chrome Fisker Karma as he was being chased by paparazzi.

The councilman, who was a motor officer for 18 years, said the singer should have been arrested:


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Bieber was driving like a maniac. He was weaving in and out of traffic. There was hardly any space between cars as he weaved from lane to lane. ... If I was on patrol, I would have arrested him for reckless driving. I was going 60 and he drove by me like he was in a rocket ship. He was a maniac.

Actually, cops could have seized his car if they cited Bieber for multiple violations such as reckless driving, unsafe lane changes and speeding above 100.

The paps were no better, Zine said: Four cars swarmed Biebs and even drove on the shoulder of the freeway, he alleged.

TMZ says none of the photogs were theirs. But it has video and photos of the traffic stop.

Some Bieber fans came out in support of the lead-footed heartthrob who seems to love cheesy paint jobs on his cars:

We reached out to a rep for Zine but had yet to hear back.

[Update at 4:45 p.m.]: Zine got back to us and told us how it went down:

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