Thursday, January 23, 2014

Justin Bieber arrested in Florida for DUI, drag racing

Finally, some might say. Justin Bieber has been arrested, accused of drag racing and DUI, the Miami Beach Police Department tweeted on Thursday.

The tweet went out only two hours or so ago at the time of this writing, so this is breaking news.

Bieber was arrested early Thursday morning. The Miami Beach Police Department has confirmed he was pulled over in a yellow Lamborghini for speeding and that he failed a field sobriety test. A red sports car was reportedly also involved, though details are still scarce. Based on the drag racing reports, it may have been the other car that Bieber was racing.

According to radio reports, Bieber had rented the Lamborghini. It's unclear if Bieber himself had made the rental, or if one of his entourage did, but 19 -- as Bieber is -- is underage for renting a car. Meanwhile, of course, 19 is underage for drinking, and as noted above, Bieber failed a field sobriety test.

Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez told the Miami Herald that Bieber was incoherent, had his hands in his pockets and resisted arrest "without violence." He also did not have a valid license, according to the report, which sort of makes sense.

In August of last year, it was reported that Bieber, despite moving to California, did not have a valid California driver's license.

Bieber admitted to officers that he was under the influence of anti-depressants and had been smoking marijuana all day. He also said that he had a beer prior to the incident. When he was pulled over by authorities, Bieber unleashed a slew of f-bombs, police said.

Showing his belief in what has been called by some "celebrity privilege," Bieber's entourage used two SUVs to block off the street at Pine Tree Drive and West 26th Street so Bieber and another driver could race.

This isn't the first Florida incident for Bieber this week. The singer has been in South Florida for the past few days police in Opa-Locka are investigating a police escort given to the pop superstar Monday night by two of the department's marked squad cars -- it was unapproved, the chief of police said.

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