Justin Bieber Arrested in Miami Beach, Charged With DUI and Resisting Arrest
An early morning drag race with friends landed Justin Bieber in a Miami Beach jail on Thursday where a judge charged the pop singer (via video feed) with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license. Clad in an orange jumpsuit at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, Bieber remained silent as Judge Joseph P. Farina set bond at $2,500.
By the time he left an hour later, a crowd had assembled outside, where the "Boyfriend" singer hoisted himself on top of a black SUV to wave to fans.
The Toronto native was arrested early Thursday on suspicion of DUI after drag racing, according to police. The Miami Beach Police Department confirmed the arrest on its official Twitter page and later said the singer resisted arrest and had an expired license from Georgia. Shortly after the arrest became public, officials released a booking photo.
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According to an official police report, a police officer observed two Lamborghinis speeding north on Pine Tree Drive in Miami Beach at around 4:00 am on Thursday morning, with two black SUV's trailing behind them. Bieber was going so fast that it took a significant amount of time to catch up with him. Bieber was driving a yellow Lamborghini and was racing a red car of the same make. The officer watched both vehicles "start a contest of speed (drag racing)," estimating that the Lamborghinis were traveling 55-60 MPH in a residential area with a speed limit of 30 MPH.
After multiple officers initiated a traffic stop, police asked Bieber to place his vehicle in park, and the singer began to state, "Why did you stop me." The police report states that the officer "immediately smelled an odor of alcohol emanating from the driver's breath and bloodshot eyes. The driver had slow deliberate movements and a stuper look on his face."
When asked to exit the vehicle, Bieber stated, "Why the fuck are you doing this?" As Bieber stepped out of the car and started to go into his pants pockets, the officer asked him multiple times to take his hands out of his pockets and put his hands on the vehicle. Upon complying, Bieber was given a cursory patdown, and stated, "I ain't got no fucking weapons, why do you have to search me, what the fuck is this about?"
After being told that he would be arrested if he removed his hands from the vehicle, Bieber turned around, upon which the officer grabbed his right hand and told him he was under arrest. Bieber tried to pull him right arm away, and was eventually placed into custody with the assistance of another officer. He was given a sobriety test, which he failed.
He was then transported to Miami-Dade County Jail where he was booked for DUI, resisting arrest without violence and driving with an expired Georgia driver's license.
The driver of the other Lamborghini, R&B singer Khalil Sharief, was also arrested and will be charged with DUI.
No one was injured in the incident.
Earlier in the night, Sharief -- who performs as Khalil and was formerly signed with Def Jam Records -- posted a photo on Instagram showing Bieber in a Lamborghini with an unidentified woman behind the wheel.
This is not Bieber's first brush with the law this year. On Jan. 14, the crooner was questioned at home by the L.A. County Sheriff's department in connection with allegations he egged his neighbor's house. While there, police arrested his friend Lil Za for cocaine possession. Last July, U.S.-Canada border officials found marijuana on one of his tour buses, though he was not on board.
UPDATES: This article was first published at 7:51 AM EST. At 2:50 PM, new photos and information on Bieber's court appearance were added.