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Bieber released from jail after arrest for DUI, drag racing

By Curt Anderson

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 10:37 a.m. HST, Jan 23, 2014


MIAMI BEACH, Fla. » A sober-looking Justin Bieber was released from jail today following his arrest on charges of driving under the influence, driving with an expired license and resisting arrest. Police say they stopped the 19-year-old pop star while he was drag-racing down a Miami Beach street before dawn.

Bieber was arrested after police said they saw him heading down a residential street in Miami Beach in a yellow Lamborghini at twice the speed limit. Officers say he had an expired license, was initially not cooperative when he was pulled over and smelled of alcohol.

Police say Bieber later admitted that he had been drinking, smoking marijuana and taking prescription medication. R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff was arrested in the same incident. He is charged with driving under the influence. Police said Khalil was driving a Ferrari.

Bieber and Khalil, wearing bright red jail fatigues, made their initial court appearance via a video link from jail. They remained silent while defense attorney Roy Black negotiated bond. Bieber's bond was set at $2,500. Khalil's bond was set at $1,000.

Black, a high-profile lawyer whose clients have included Rush Limbaugh and William Kennedy Smith, said he thought the case would proceed "hopefully as any other case would" in light of Bieber's celebrity status.

Authorities say Bieber was arrested after police saw him and Khalil racing two luxury vehicles down the street at 4:09 a.m., with two other vehicles apparently being used to block off the area. Police say Bieber was clocked at 55 mph to 60 mph in a 30 mph zone.

Earlier today, police chief Ray Martinez said at a news conference that the singer was initially not cooperative when the officer pulled him over. Martinez said the singer also had an invalid Georgia driver's license and admitted to smoking marijuana, taking prescription medication and drinking.

According to the arrest report, Bieber "had slow deliberate movements" and a look of stupor on his face when the officer ordered him to exit his vehicle. Bieber was placed under arrest after repeatedly 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 demanded 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 haven't been released.

His publicist, Melissa Victor, did not offer an immediate comment.

The street where police say Bieber was racing in mid-Miami Beach is a four-lane residential street divided by a grass median dotted with palm trees. 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.

It's a short drive from the area to trendy South Beach, where celebrities are known to let loose. George Avilas, who lives nearby said he didn't hear anything, but was not 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 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 and eventually led to a recording contract.

He was positioned as clean-cut and charming — even singing for President Barack Obama and his family at Christmas — but problems began to multiply as he got older; today's arrest is just the latest in a series of troubling incidents.

Bieber has been accused of wrongdoing in California, but has never been arrested or charged. He is currently under investigation in a felony vandalism case after a neighbor reported the pop star threw eggs at his house and caused thousands of dollars of damage.

A neighbor had previously accused Bieber of spitting in his face, and a paparazzo 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 current 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 says the singer repeatedly berated him, hit him in the chest and owes him more than $420,000 in overtime 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 considered 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 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.

A first conviction 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," Assistant City Manager David Chiverton said.

Police escorts from the airport are not uncommon, but they must follow procedure because they involve city vehicles, Chiverton said.

"There's a procedure," Chiverton said. "These things must be approved, there's a process."

The Florida arrest likely won't affect Bieber's immigration status.

According to U.S. immigration law, authorities do not revoke an individual's visa unless the person has been convicted of a violent crime or been sentenced to more than one year imprisonment.

Immigration attorney Ira Kurzban says neither driving under the influence nor driving without a license can make an individual eligible for deportation. Nor would either of those offenses keep Bieber from being readmitted into the U.S.

"He's not subject to deportation because of a DUI offense," said Kurzban, "nor is driving with an expired license a deportable offense."

Associated Press writers Jennifer Kay and Suzette Laboy in Miami, Tony Winton in Miami Beach and Anthony McCartney in Los Angeles contributed to this report.







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lokela wrote:
They really should lock this spoiled brat away. He also needs Mental & Rehab help. Becoming a menace to society.
on January 23,2014 | 05:10AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Justine needs help.
on January 23,2014 | 05:45AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Lindsay Lohan the 2nd
on January 23,2014 | 05:53AM
DaMenace168 wrote:
It's time for INS to VOID any of his Visa rights, and send him back to Canada...Where his parents can deal with him.
on January 23,2014 | 06:20AM
localguy wrote:
This reminds me of the HPD DUI TV commercial where the Perp gets to wear some "Bling." Gets a "Sweet Ride" to jail. Is given a nice room with all amenities. And if you are really, really, lucky, "a companion" to share it with. As I recall, the very large companion was the one person you do not want to be with, can't close your eyes to sleep, he smiles at you, gives a wink. Justin will meet new friends in jail who will show him the ropes, learn new skills, engage in night time activities...... Be very afraid of jail Justin, be very afraid.
on January 23,2014 | 06:47AM
nitpikker wrote:
he would deserve what he gets.
on January 23,2014 | 07:11AM
prest1948 wrote:
I love it! This is just what I was thinking, only funnier.
on January 23,2014 | 07:32AM
lowtone123 wrote:
What a knob!
on January 23,2014 | 06:53AM
9ronboz wrote:
loser!
on January 23,2014 | 07:53AM
aomohoa wrote:
What happened to his great mom? This kid is to big for his britches . He needs help before he ends up dead. Too much wealthy for too little talent.
on January 23,2014 | 08:00AM
cojef wrote:
Again poor choices being made by a young person who had every thing to gain. He has surrounded himself with losers and he possibly be lucky if he will able to see 30.
on January 23,2014 | 08:03AM
WKAMA wrote:
He and Miley Cyrus make a perfect pair.
on January 23,2014 | 08:04AM
Ripoff wrote:
trash
on January 23,2014 | 08:19AM
LRC wrote:
Is Justin on drugs??? He's been acting really stupid lately.
on January 23,2014 | 08:29AM
nitpikker wrote:
i understand why EVERYONE makes fun of him on facebook.
on January 23,2014 | 08:30AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Justin's civil rights are being trampled, probably a case of racist discrimination against obnoxious Canadians.
on January 23,2014 | 08:39AM
paniolo wrote:
He was arrested for DUI, drag racing, driving with suspended license, admitted to police that he smoked pakalolo and taking prescription drugs. Money will get him off every time. One day, with all his stu_pidity, he going get BACHI. Maybe OD, or crash from speeding. This kid needs to grow up. A menace to society.
on January 23,2014 | 08:57AM
primo1 wrote:
I wonder if had a stylist for his mug shot...
on January 23,2014 | 09:48AM
samidunn wrote:
He should be deported back to Canada and not let back into the United States for any reason until he is 21.
on January 23,2014 | 10:18AM
kimchee wrote:
According to one attorney in that story none of those offenses are grounds for deportation.
on January 23,2014 | 10:38AM
cojef wrote:
His mug shot, says it all, a hooked addie.
on January 23,2014 | 02:31PM
cojef wrote:
Oops sent for approval stating his mug shot, says it all.
on January 23,2014 | 02:32PM
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