MIAMI BEACH, Florida — Pop star Justin Bieber was arrested on drag-racing, driving under the influence (DUI) and resisting arrest charges Thursday after allegedly speeding down a residential Miami Beach street in a yellow Lamborghini on an expired license. He is being kept at a Miami-Dade County jail pending an initial appearance expected later Thursday. police say Bieber was arrested after authorities saw him and R&B singer Khalil racing two luxury exotic vehicles down the street at 4:09 a.m., with two other vehicles apparently being used to block off the area. Both Bieber and Khalil face drag-racing and driving under the influence charges. Police Chief Ray Martinez told a news conference Thursday morning the celebrity was initially not cooperative when the police officer pulled him over. Martinez said the pop star also had an invalid Georgia driver’s license and confessed to smoking marijuana, taking a prescription medication and drinking.
Police said Bieber was driving a Lamborghini and Khalil was driving a Ferrari. Both cars were towed. Police say Bieber was clocked at around 60 mph (100 kph) in a 30 mph (50 kph) zone.
Justin bieber mugshot This police booking mug made available by the Miami Dade County Corrections Department shows star Justin Bieber, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Bieber and singer Khalil were arrested for evidently drag-racing on a Miami Beach Street. Police said Bieber has been charged with resisting arrest without violence in addition to drag racing and DUI. Police also say the singer told authorities he had consumed alcohol, smoked marijuana and taken prescription drugs. (AP Photo) According to the arrest report, Bieber “had slow deliberate articulations” and a look of stupor on his face when the officer requested him to exit his vehicle. The 19-year-old Bieber was placed under arrest after multiple times refusing to put his hands on his vehicle so the officer could pat him down to look for weapons, the report said. It says he cursed several times at the officer and requested to know why he was being arrested. Bieber failed a field sobriety test and was taken to the Miami Beach police station for a Breathalyzer, police said. Results have not been announced.
Television footage early Thursday showed a van thought to be carrying Bieber from a Miami Beach police station to a Miami-Dade County jail. The van, with blacked-out windows, was trailed by squad cars. His publicist, Melissa Victor, did not offer an immediate statement. The street where authorities say Bieber was racing in mid-Miami Beach is a four-lane residential street separated by a grass median dotted with palm trees. Along one side of the street are small condominium buildings, and on the other side is a high school, a youth center, a golf course and a city firehouse. It’s a short drive from the area to trendy South Beach, where celebrities are known to let loose. George Avilas, who lives close by said he didn’t hear anything, but was not greatly surprised to hear that people might be drag-racing. “There’s so much partying in Miami Beach, it’s been known to happen,” he said. “It’s 4 o’clock in the morning, everybody is just getting out of the bars.” Canadian-born Justin Bieber was only 15 when his platinum-selling debut “My World” was launched. The singer from Ontario had placed second in a local singing contest two years earlier and began posting performances on YouTube, according to his official website. The videos caught the attention of a talent agent and eventually led to a recording contract. He was positioned as clean-cut and charming — even performing for President Barack Obama and his family at Christmas — but problems began to multiply as he got older; Thursday’s arrest is just the most recent in a series of troubling incidents. Bieber has been accused of wrongdoing in California, but has never been arrested or charged. He is at the present time under investigation in a felony vandalism case after a neighbor reported the pop star threw eggs at his residential home and caused thousands of dollars of damage. A neighbor had previously accused Bieber of spitting in his face, and a paparazzi called deputies after he said Bieber kicked him, but prosecutors declined to file charges in either instance. He was also accused of reckless driving in his neighborhood, but in October prosecutors refused to seek charges because it was unclear whether Bieber was driving. His arrest in Miami is unlikely to affect the ongoing investigation, which included nearly a dozen detectives searching Bieber’s home last week searching for video surveillance and other evidence that could be used to pursue a vandalism charge. Bieber is also being sued by a former bodyguard who claims the singer repeatedly berated him and hit him in the chest and owes him more than $420,000 in time beyond regulation and other wages. The case is scheduled to go to trial in Los Angeles next month.
Under Florida law, people under the age of 21 are regarded driving under the influence if they have a blood-alcohol content of .02 percent or more – a level Bieber could reach with one drink. For 21 and over, it is .08 percent. For a first drunken driving offense, there is no minimum sentence and a maximum of six months, a fine of $250 to $500, and 50 hours of community service. For anyone under 21, there is an automatic six-month license suspension. A first criminal offense for drag racing carries a sentence of up to six months, a fine of $500 to $1,000 and a one-year license suspension. Bieber’s arrival in Florida earlier this week also is under investigation. Authorities in the suburban Miami city of Opa-locka are investigating whether the singer was given a police escort when he landed Monday at the Opa-locka Executive Airport. “The escort was unauthorized by police administration,” said Assistant City Manager David Chiverton. Police escorts from the airport are not uncommon, but they must follow procedure because they involve city motor vehicles, Chiverton said. “There’s a procedure,” Chiverton said. “These things must be approved, there’s a process.”
He was photographed in a rental car earlier in the day posting a photo of model Chantel Jeffries driving a yellow rented Lamborghini on his Instagram that have since been deleted. However it’s unknown whether it was the same car that the star was in when he was arrested.
Justin shared this snap of himself smoking a cigar earlier this week (Instagram/Justin Bieber)
The alleged arrest marks the end of a couple of bad weeks for the Baby superstar, with his house also being raided by eleven patrol cars last week following a reported egg attack on his neighbour’s house. This then resulted in his BFF Lil Za being arrested for alleged drug possession, before he then got charged again for vandalizing a phone in the prison.