September 27, 2013 06:34:25 GMT
Western Australia Assistant Commissioner Nick Anticich says that the police are investigating whether One Direction committed traffic violations when they were in Perth.
One Direction's entourage apparently will face investigation after they allegedly sped through three red traffic lights when they were in Perth, Australia. The band reportedly was chased by fans while trying to get to their hotel from airport on Thursday, September 26.
"I have been made aware of it, and I've asked our traffic enforcement group to have a look at it. We need to determine the facts and obviously if there's any evidence supporting the allegations," Western Australia Assistant Commissioner Nick Anticich says of the dangerous driving report, as quoted by Perth Now. "It's unacceptable behavior. It breaches the law and we will deal with every person in the same way."
"By virtue of the fact that they are rock stars is not a license to break any laws or be any different from anyone else. One Direction they may be, but the only direction in relation to this type offending will be to the courts," Anticich added.
A representative for the band has denied the accusation in a statement, saying, "The only time they have gone through red lights is under a police escort and this was done in Adelaide." The representative said, "The primary focus of the security team is always fan safety."
"Despite earlier reports that the band's convoy of 3 Mercedes vans had ignored sets of red traffic lights on Great Eastern Highway while en route to the hotel, it was actually a five-car convoy of Hyundai vans, the convoy stopped so that One Direction's security team could ask fans to obey road rules after becoming concerned about their dangerous driving which ended in two fans running red lights," the statement read.
"I can confirm that they did indeed pull over at a petrol station, where upon they spoke to the fans explaining concerns about their safety and dangerous driving," the representative added.