WA Police are gathering witness accounts of the One Direction dash from the airport to their hotel after reports the teen heartthrobs' entourage ran red lights yesterday.
Police are investigating whether drivers for One Direction, the world’s biggest boy band, broke traffic laws and are asking motorists who witnessed the dash along Great Eastern Highway to contact police.
One Direction touched down in a private jet about 1.30am yesterday for their two weekend concerts.
Fans at the airport reportedly took chase as the British pop stars were driven away in a five-van convoy. A One Direction spokeswoman denied the reckless driving allegations.
She said the convoy stopped for their security team to ask fans to obey road rules after they became concerned about their driving.
The band’s head driver, five-strong security team and tour manager all told her the same thing — that fans were driving dangerously as the band tried to get from Perth Airport to their hotel.
She said the band ran lights in Adelaide with a police escort but not in Perth.
Police Minister Liza Harvey told One Direction to “pull their heads in” and set an example for young fans after hearing the claims.
Assistant Commissioner Nick Anticich said police would investigate the claims.
“I’m told there might be some footage or other evidence that support some of those allegations,” he said.
“We’ll assess that and determine what our actions.”
Mr Anticich said no one was above the law and if allegations were true they would be dealt with.
“Don’t be so stupid as to carry out these actions,” he said.
“At the end of the day you’re playing with your life and the life of other road users,” he said.
The band’s spokeswoman said about 200 girls camped out in the hotel’s foyer last night hoping for a glimpse of band members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson.They were left disappointed with the band believed to have avoided the main entrance and used a back door.