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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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91.

Bagheera    

Does that mean the average citizen shouldn't be ticketed when a rogue highway patrol chases them and the citizen speeds off? Yeah, I thought not.
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And did someone seriously compare Bieber to Princess Diana?
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Regardless, being chased does not give you the right to drive several miles above the speed limit in dense traffic. If does not give you the right to cut people off, force them off the road, force them to slam on their breaks to avoid an accident with you.
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Prosecuting only the paparazzi will send the wrong message. Bieber won't learn to drive responsibly. He will just continue to drive like a mad man and blame it on the paparazzi again. Not saying to only prosecute Bieber. But rather, punish the ones who are involved in the situation. Cutting people off and -nearly- causing accidents doesn't make you a victim. It makes you a prick.
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Just revoke the licenses of all involved. Suspend them for 5 years. Maybe when they are all more mature they'll learn to drive properly.

734 days ago
92.

Kelly    

If Justin doesn't watch out, he's going to end up killing himself and take somebody else out with him. But naturally it won't be his fault. He is courting disaster and needs a swift kick in the ass!

734 days ago
93.

Lauren Santos    

If he doesn't want his picture taken why is he driving around in that car?

734 days ago
94.

Justathought    

What is the main reason any celeb is being chased bothered etc. For a one of a kind pic to sell to anyone! Quick fix would be for Celebs to hire their own photographers and distribute all the pictures of them at the store,club, beach, wherever, FREE OF CHARGE. If all the hot pics are already handed out for free then there is no need to chase anyone for a one of a kind shot! That is unless the Celebs really do like the attention?????

734 days ago
95.

Sunset    

Of course Justin should have been ticketed. He does not have a right to endanger people's lives because he is being chased by the paparazzi and doesn't want his picture taken! It does not give him the right to break the law. The cop who said it is a Princess Di situation, she is dead! Does he want the same thing to happen to Bieber? He should have slowed down and the the paparazzi would have been forced to slow down too or he could called the cops while not speeding or maybe even pulled over. He should have his license taken away since this is not the first time he has been ticketed for going almost 100 and driving recklessly!

734 days ago
96.

kindamara    

He's a typical kid with a car that's too much for him. He should just retire to some island - he doesn't need the money.

734 days ago
97.

Viper    

He should get a ticket and any other infractions that "average" everyday citizens would incur from speeding. He should SLOW DOWN too... wasn't that young guy..that was famous who passed away while driving a speeding car,. James Dean?!

734 days ago
98.

Mu    

They all need a ticket....

734 days ago
99.

jmposing    

He always complains about the attention he get but then he goes cruising in a entirely chrome plated Fisker Karma. If he would drive a Buick no one would give him a second look.

734 days ago
100.

Bob    

Gee Whiz. I might be turning 40 today, but I've never had any talent and can't sing at all. I know I have absolutely no talent, but if I was 25 years younger, I could be a superstar today with the voice changing software that is available now. I'm sure anyone that had heard Justin Beiber sing live will agree that he has no talent and s just a marketing tool almost like "Animal Crackers". They taste good, but really have no other redeeming qualities, but they generate sales because people have liked "cute" products forever. I'd rather focus on artists that actually have talent, but most of them are ignored because they don't have a gimmick that get the attention of the media.

734 days ago
101.

Jordan    

According to members of the California Highway Patrol and Harvey it sounds like CHP decides who is guilty and who is not guilty I thought it was the police job to issue the ticket and the court to decide if the person is innocent or guilty of the infaraction.

733 days ago
102.

Jordan    

I would like to know how many police stations across the country did TMZ ask thier opinion if justin should have got the ticket or not. California Law is extremely Biased toward celebrities. So how many police around this nation allow laws to be broken and put other lives in danger because they drive a car that in itself is a danger to the road because of the glare from the sun off the chrome of the entire car, tinted windows so they cannot get there picture taken in the car to begin with. Justin wants to drive fast and now California police give him the excuse he needs to do it.

733 days ago
103.

Jordan    

Harvey and the CHP wants laws changed so drivers in California are allowed to drive speeds of over 100mph as long as someone is trying to take your picture.

733 days ago
104.

bellasmith    

im fan of justin he always inspire me i m going to get his concert tickets from Ticketfront.com if u also want to go u can go on this link

733 days ago
105.

all about the money    

Bieber should have been sited as he was, but all the paps involved in the chase should have also been sited.
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As for the whole CHP didn't see it thing that is BS. I was once sited for reckless by an officer that was not even in the area of the encounter. I was passing someone in a passing zone when they speed up and tried to keep me from passing them almost causing a head on collision with on coming traffic. I got back over into my lane before the head on but it was close because of the guy behind me. Anyway someone called the police and reported it and I was pulled over at least 5 miles from where it happened by an officer that did not witness it and was still sited. Judge reduced it to failure to use due care which was BS as well because the siteing officer didn't even bother to show up to court.

733 days ago
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