Justin Bieber drag racing, DUI arrest in Miami Beach

Justin Bieber mugshot
January 23, 2014 11:11:07 AM PST
On the heels of controversy over a vandalism case, pop star Justin Bieber has been arrested on charges of DUI, resisting arrest and drag racing on a Miami Beach street in a rented yellow Lamborghini.

PHOTO: Bieber appears in court

A judge has set pop singer Justin Bieber's bail at $2,500 on charges of drag racing, driving under the influence and resisting arrest.

Bieber was arrested earlier Thursday after police said he was speeding down a residential street in Miami Beach in a yellow Lamborghini. Officers say he had an expired license and was initially not cooperative when he was pulled over.

Bieber failed a field sobriety test and was taken to the Miami Beach police station for a Breathalyzer and processing, Hernandez said. Bieber was believed to have been transported to the Miami-Dade County Jail in a van.

Police say Bieber admitted that he had been drinking, smoking marijuana and taking prescription medication.

Police say in total Bieber was arrested for DUI, resisting arrest without violence, and driving on an expired license over 6 months. Police say Bieber's license was from Georgia.

The driver of the red Ferrari, Khalil Amir Shariff, aka @crazykhalil, an R&B singer, was also charged with DUI and drag racing.

The street where police say Bieber was racing - on the 300 block 41st Street - is a palm-tree-lined residential area in mid-Miami Beach. Along one side of the street are small apartment buildings, and on the other side are a high school, a youth center, a golf course and a city firehouse.

Under Florida law, people under the age of 21 are considered driving under the influence if they have a blood-alcohol content of .02 percent or more - a level he could reach with one drink. For 21 and over, it is .08 percent.

For a first DUI 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.

First offense of a drag-racing offense nets a sentence of up to six months, a fine of $500 to $1,000, and a one-year license suspension.

Earlier this month, officials said that detectives in California searched Bieber's home looking for surveillance footage that might serve as evidence the pop star was involved in an egg-tossing vandalism case that caused thousands of dollars in damage to a neighbor's home. Officials said Bieber was at the home and cooperated with authorities.

In that case, authorities arrested one member of Bieber's entourage on suspicion of drug possession: Lil Za, a rapper whose real name is Xavier Smith.

After being taken to jail, Smith had felony vandalism added to his potential charges and was released on bail at about 8:15 p.m.

The singer lives in a gated community in Calabasas, a celebrity enclave about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

Previous investigations into Bieber's conduct by the sheriff's department have not resulted in charges.

In October, prosecutors declined to charge Bieber after a neighbor complained he drove recklessly through the area. Prosecutors in November 2012 also declined to charge the singer after a paparazzo accused him of punching and hitting him after leaving a Calabasas movie theater.

Justin Bieber was only 15 when his platinum-selling debut "My World" was released. 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 who helped Bieber land an audition with R&B singer Usher. Usher, along with Island/Def Jam chairman L.A. Reid, signed him to a recording contract.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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