Justin Bieber under investigation for reckless driving: police

LOS ANGELES Wed May 29, 2013 3:59pm EDT

Canadian singer Justin Bieber performs on stage during a concert as part of his ''Believe'' World Tour at the Sevens Stadium in Dubai in this May 4, 2013, file photo. REUTERS/Jumana El Heloueh/Files

Canadian singer Justin Bieber performs on stage during a concert as part of his ''Believe'' World Tour at the Sevens Stadium in Dubai in this May 4, 2013, file photo.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Teen pop star Justin Bieber is under investigation for allegedly speeding through his gated Los Angeles-area community in a Ferrari sports car, prompting neighbors to complain to police, authorities said on Wednesday.

Residents of the singer's private Calabasas, California, neighborhood called police on Monday saying Bieber was driving recklessly through the gated estate, Los Angeles County Sheriff spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

"Two witnesses called us and claimed he was driving a white Ferrari at high speed," Whitmore said, adding that one witness was former NFL football player Keyshawn Johnson.

Bieber, 19, who has refused to be questioned by police, could face a misdemeanor reckless driving charge when the investigation is handed over to local prosecutors in the coming weeks, Whitmore said.

A representative for the Canadian singer declined to comment on the reckless driving allegations.

It is the second incident involving Bieber and his neighbors in recent months.

In March, Bieber was accused by a neighbor of spitting on him during a confrontation over parties hosted at the singer's home while he was on tour in Europe. The case has been turned over to prosecutors, who have yet to bring charges against him, Whitmore said.

The incidents follow a string of headline-grabbing episodes over the course of his European tour earlier this year.

A capuchin monkey that belonged to Bieber was confiscated at the Munich airport in March for not having the necessary paperwork and is now German national property after the singer failed to reclaim it.

Bieber also startled onlookers in Lodz, Poland, in March by stripping off his shirt on a freezing evening as he walked through security to his private jet, and in London he scuffled with a photographer outside his hotel.

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey, editing by Piya Sinha-Roy and Philip Barbara)

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Comments (11)
TimCast wrote:
What a D-bag. Doesn’t the “gated community” have it’s own version of a George Zimmerman and board to fine him? Once he pays enough fines they can put in speed humps for him to race over.

May 29, 2013 5:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
desertlover wrote:
Bieber, the little girl, is out of control.

May 29, 2013 6:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Kaylm wrote:
The police and Justin’s entitled neighbors have nothing on Justin, which is why they are employing tactics like this media blitz in order to demonize Justin..

There is no evidence that Justin was behind the wheel, and coincidentally, those same ‘witnesses’ who claim they saw him at the wheel are those talking to the tabloids and making complaints about him.

As for the ‘Police department’, I’ve never seen a more unprofessional bunch than those in Calabassas…This clown ‘Whitmore’ actually gave a statement to the Press stating ‘If you have nothing to hide, why not talk to us’…REEEALLY WHITMORE???

..Since when does SILENCE imply GUILT??? If your case is so great, then file charges. But I suspect that the neighborhood and cops are teaming up to give JB a trial in the media, thereby, finding him guilty by virtue of him BEING A TEENAGER. This whole thing is ridiculous.

Those elitist neighbors need to find something more valuable to do with their time, instead of bothering police with trivial matters, which are designed to ensure them of a ‘pristine’ neighborhood where no one does anything wrong.


May 29, 2013 6:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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