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Justin Bieber Car Chase

CHP Split

On Who's to Blame

7/10/2012 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Officials and deputies in the California Highway Patrol are deeply split over whether Justin Bieber should have received a citation for Friday's wild, high-speed chase on the 101 Freeway in L.A. ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

We have spoken with numerous people from the CHP, and the division is deep.  Several high-ranking officials tell us ... they would not have ticketed Bieber, who was clocked at 80 mph, because he was "the victim" of rogue paparazzi who were chasing him.  One source said, "This was like a Princess Diana situation. It was not Bieber's fault."

And, of the ten 911 calls made during the initial chase, we're told most of them mentioned that a sports car was being chased in police pursuit style.

But others in the Department strongly disagree, saying Bieber should have slowed down and even gotten off the Freeway.  One source said, "It's like rushing a woman to the hospital who's about to give birth. You can't endanger the lives of innocent people, and Bieber did."

And, we're told, even though the paparazzo who was the biggest offender is under investigation after Justin filed a formal complaint, it's "unlikely" he'll be prosecuted. One CHP source said, "It's a misdemeanor committed outside the CHP's presence and it's a stretch the City Attorney will take the case."

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flubbergast    

he could have just pulled out a pose out the window and done. the paps taking pictures for food. also dunno why he's bitching. he choose that star life knowing what it costs. he's gotta life with it and play it cool.

801 days ago
17.

who dat    

Your question of whether beiber deserves a ticket is absurd. If beiber drove 45, do you think the paps would have driven 100 to follow him?

801 days ago
18.

Moron    

So it is okay to break the law if it is not your fault? My wife has cancer and we can't afford the treatment. I'll be forgiven if I rob a bank or break into houses?

He endangered innocent peoples' lives. He should have pulled over and called the police AND USED HIS REAL NAME. This kid is screwed up and has a sick sense of entitlement.

801 days ago
19.

Ann    

He is famous you can not give him a ticket. Obama said so. The other drivers should be put in prison for being in his way.

801 days ago
20.

Asoil    

I knew it celebrity justice rears its ugly head again. Anyone with half a brain, knows you can't play follow the leader without a leader. If JB really was a nobody named "justin johnson" he would have been arrested and prosecuted. So the message from the CHP is is you are a nobody, you're going to jail for reckless driving, but if you are a celebrity, the department will give you an award. This is crap, the CHP and the DA better do their job.

801 days ago
21.

Max    

Translation...."It's Hollywood and he's a star."

801 days ago
22.

dusty    

hahaha
to put things in perspective they were following him with a camera, not a gun. if he doesnt like being in the spotlight maybe he should step out of it....and die.

801 days ago
23.

Truth    

WHY MAKE A DOUBLE POST HARVEY? YOU POSTED THE SAME THING 48HRS AGO. TMZ IS DESPERATE FOR HITS. SLOW NEWS DAY? #TRUTH!!

801 days ago
24.

jdubu2    

seriously! I think it would be pretty obvious that the paps would only go as fast as the Biebers! he should lose his license, and so should any pap that was chasing him, they should also be charged with reckless endangerment to the general public. fools. cops just want to be on the good side of celebrities.

801 days ago
25.

ladydiinpa    

He knows this comes with the price of fame, you get paid millions of dollars, so you are being chased,,,call 911. he could have killed some1-ain't like the paps were trying to kill him...

801 days ago
26.

Big D    

Why do the cops allow someone to drive a chrome car? Doesn't the reflection off the car blind other drivers? That car screams Hey Look at me, so the boy wonder needs all the tickets he can get.

801 days ago
27.

WildBill    

Deport the little brat before he kills someone!

801 days ago
28.

justoverit    

Well first of all, we all know what happened to Princess Diana because of a high speed chase.
2nd, I have a hard time feeling bad for someone that is in the spotlight to complain about the paps. That goes w/the territory. You make big $$$ off the media and this is free publicity. Besides all the kiddies will side w/him anyway.

801 days ago
29.

ME    

The paps. were going to take her picture, so big deal. No way anyone should think she has a right to go 80+ mph to get away from someone with a camers...Take her licence away!

801 days ago
30.

russ     

What a douche bag....he needs to find a a place to hide, somewhere like Never land, yea, that's the ticket...

801 days ago
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