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Dennis Zine doesn't want publicity for Bieber freeway 'chase'

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18-year-old Justin Bieber was pulled over by CHP officers near Vineland and Ventura on Friday morning for recklessly driving his Leonardo DiCaprio-championed luxury hybrid Fisker Karma on the 101 Freeway.

The star-studded citation doesnt end there, however. The witness who called 911 on the teenager was L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine, a former LAPD motor officer for 18 years.

Zine told KPCC's Alice Walton he was cruising the 101 at about 65 mph when he spotted the pop star "coming up like a rocket ship," followed by a group of cars.  

The councilman, who likened the incident to "a chase scene," believes if it would have continued, "someone would have been injured or killed," saying, "I’ve seen too many dead bodies...I take this very personal because I’ve seen the consequences of this type of behavior." 

According to Zine, officers received 911 calls from 10 other people reporting the reckless driving. "If I had stopped him, I would have arrested him for reckless driving," he said. "I’m a good judge of speed."

Interestingly, Zine, who tried several years ago to regulate paparazzi with a city ordinance, and also has a cameo in the new documentary, "$ellebrity," wound up on the homepage of TMZ following the Bieber citation. 

"I never called TMZ," he told KPCC. "I never called anyone...Harvey Levin called me personally...I never called him, he called me."

Zine said that when he called 911, he identified himself as an LA City Councilman and reserve officer.

"What really irritates me as an elected official, as a reserve officer, as an officer who has 43 years of service, is [Justin Bieber's] spin agents trying to put the onus on me," he said of the phone call related publicity.

"I didn’t go searching for this publicity, believe me," he told KNX 1070 earlier in the day. "I don’t need a headline, number one. I get enough publicity without doing a headline."

This isn't the first time Beiber has crossed paths with Los Angeles law enforcement in recent months. There are allegations of paparazzo battery stemming from an incident in Calabassas last May.