Justin Bieber Busted On DUI, Drag Racing, Resisting Arrest Charges
Justin Bieber was arrested early Thursday in Miami Beach on suspicion of DUI, resisting arrest, and driving with an expired license after police pulled him over for drag racing.The 19-year-old pop singer was booked in jail after failing his sobriety test, and he admitted to drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana, and taking prescription meds, said Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez, according to CNN.
Around 4 a.m., police pulled over Bieber, who was allegedly racing a yellow Lamborghini with another driver in a red Ferrari, NBC Miami reported. The two drivers had been going at 55 to 60 mph in a 30 mph zone in a Miami residential neighborhood.
"At first, he was a little belligerent, using some choice words questioning why he was being stopped and why the officer was even questioning him," Martinez told CNN.
According to police reports TMZ acquired, those "choice words" Bieber used included: "Why the f**k are you doing this?" and "What the f**k did I do? Why did you stop me?"
In addition to cussing out the police, before Bieber was given the pat-down, "he kept going into his pants pocket," and although initially listened to the officer's orders to put his hands on the car, he took them down, TMZ reported.
"When he opened up the window and confronted Mr. Bieber, he smelled a strong odor of alcoholic beverage," Martinez said.
Authorities reported 19-year-old Def Jam R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff was the person driving the red Ferrari and has been booked on DUI and street racing charges as well, according to NBC News and CNN.
Before the incident, Sharieff posted an Instagram photo of the Biebs with a girl TMZ has pointed out is model Chantel Jeffries.
He also posted this photo captioned, "Miami nights ridin thru yo city in that hot wheel":
NBC Miami posted this video a fan took of Bieber allegedly racing and then getting pulled over. They scream his name a few times throughout the clip:
Belieber fans might be doing their own kind of silent protest for their beloved singer:
UPDATE 12:40 p.m.: You better belieb it. After the pop star was released from jail after he faced a Miami judge, he sat atop a black SUV in his black hoodie and long, leather shorts—and waved to fans:
People reported that Bieber has hired famed Florida lawyer-to-the-stars Roy Black to represent him.
In addition, E! Online now has clear photos of the Biebs in the yellow Lamborghini:
UPDATE 11:15 a.m.: Bieber, now looking way sadder in his orange jumpsuit than in his mugshot photo, appeared before a Miami court judge today, according to RadarOnline.com. His bail was set to $2,500.
According to Florida law, the Biebs could face up to six months in jail, fines from $250 to $500, and up to 50 hours of community service, if convicted of his first DUI. Drag racing charges for a first-time offender could lead up to six months in jail, $500 to $1,000 in fines, and a license suspension for a year.
RadarOnline.com also reports that Bieber's BAC level on his breathalyzer test was between .011 to .014.
UPDATE 10:30 a.m.: Miami Beach P.D. tweeted out Sharieff's mugshot photo and even mentioned his Twitter handle:
In addition, they posted online Bieber and Sharieff's arrest reports:
UPDATE 9:35 a.m.: Here are photos from TMZ of the alleged red Lamborghini and red Ferrari involved in the incident, as well as Bieber partying at SET nightclub before the arrest.