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Justin Bieber Arrested in Miami Beach

January 23, 2014
Justin Bieber

Singer Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach before dawn Thursday after a street-racing incident, police said.

Bieber, 19, was charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest without violence and having an expired driver's license from the state of Georgia, Miami Beach Police Detective Vivian Hernandez said.

Bieber and a friend, Khalil Amir Sharieff, were in separate sports cars when they were stopped by police at 4:10 a.m. near Pine Tree Drive on Miami Beach.

Police said based on the investigation, a combination of prescription medication, cannabis and alcohol may have contributed to the singer being impaired while driving.

Bieber was driving a yellow Lamborghini and Sharieff was in a red Ferrari, both rental cars, Hernandez said.

Sharieff was charged with DUI, police said.

Before police stopped them, the drivers were being followed by two SUVs that were part of Bieber's entourage along Pine Tree Drive. The trucks were traveling slowly to block traffic so that the low-slung, sexy and fast cars could race, police said.

Pine Tree Drive is about three miles long and is lined with luxury homes in places. It has gentle curves and its lanes run north and south along the east side of Miami Beach, and is separated by a tree-lined median.

The speed there is 30 mph, Miami Beach Police Chief Ray Martinez said.

A police officer was traveling south on Pine Tree Drive when he passed two cars street racing at an estimated 55 mph to 60 mph on the northbound side, Martinez said. The officer stopped the Ferrari and a second officer stopped the Lamborghini near 41st Street.

"When he confronted Mr. Bieber, he smelled a strong aroma of alcohol beverage," Martinez said.

The police chief said that when Bieber was first approached by police, "he was a little belligerent, using some choice words, questioning why he was being stopped and why the officer was even questioning him. Once he was here at the station, he was very cooperative. We did not have any issues with him."

The men were taken to Miami Beach Police headquarters.

"During the investigation, Mr. Bieber made statements that he had consumed some alcohol, had been smoking marijuana and consumed some prescription medication," Martinez said.

Martinez later said Bieber told police he'd had a beer.

At about 9:45 a.m. Thursday, Bieber and Sharieff were taken to Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Facility that is just northwest of Miami International Airport. They will be held a minimum of eight hours from the time of their arrests, police said.

Earlier Thursday morning, Miami Beach Police Sgt. Bobby Hernandez said Bieber failed a field sobriety test and was taken to the Miami Beach Police headquarters to be offered a breathalyzer.

Outside Miami Beach Police headquarters on Washington Avenue, four satellite trucks and about 100 photographers were gathered outside and two helicopters hovered overhead.

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Original headline: Justin Bieber accused of DUI, resisting arrest in Miami Beach

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