Justin Bieber arrested in Miami Beach over DUI, drag-racing

 

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After allegedly smoking pot all day, drinking beer and popping anti-depressants, bad-boy pop star Justin Bieber went on a wild pre-dawn drag race in Miami Beach that landed him in jail Thursday morning, police said.

When stopped by police in his Lamborghini, Bieber barraged officers with a string of F-bombs, babbled incoherently, refused to get out of his car and, when he finally stepped out, declined to take his hands out of his pockets, police sources told The Miami Herald.

He was booked at Miami Beach police headquarters on DUI, resisting arrest and drag-racing, a police spokesman said. The musician’s entourage had apparently used their cars to block traffic on Pine Tree Drive at 26th Street, a residential area, at 4:30 a.m., creating a drag strip for the young star, who had been on a party spree in South Florida.

Tests showed that Bieber was under the influence of drugs, Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez told the Miami Herald.

The other driver, identified as Khalil Sharief, was charged with DUI, said police spokeswoman Vivian Hernandez. Both will be taken to Miami-Dade jail, where they will be fingerprinted have their mugshots taken.

"Miami nights ridin thru yo city in that hot wheel," Khalil, who performs under Island Def Jams Records, tweeted on his account earlier Thursday morning.

Bieber, 19, was incoherent, had his hands in his pockets and resisted arrest without violence, Martinez said. He also did not have a valid license, the chief said.

"It was a cold night, and it was quiet, so the officers could hear the cars,'' Martinez said, adding that patrols followed the sound of the revving engines. "When the cars are going that fast, it takes awhile to catch up."

Bieber told officers that he had a beer, was under the influence of anti-depressants and had been smoking marijuana all day, according to police sources.

When he was stopped by police, Bieber unleashed a barrage of f-words, police said.

Officers at the Miami Beach police station worked for hours on booking Bieber into jail. He is now booked at the county jail in West Miami-Dade.

The arrest caps a highly visible week for Bieber in South Florida, where he reported to have blown tens of thousands of dollars at the King of Diamonds strip club.

The Opa-locka Police Department has also said it is investigating officers who gave Bieber and his crew an unauthorized escort through traffic after landing at the Opa-locka airport.

Two officers have been relieved of duty with pay, pending the outcome of the probe, sources say.

His arrest is another black eye for the embattled "Boyfriend" singer, who has had a fondness for drag racing in residential neighborhoods.

His neighbors in his exclusive, gated Calabasas, Calif., community have long complained about him speeding down their streets. Media reports have said sheriffs deputies have been called to his mansion several times over the past year, and retired NFL player Keyshawn Johnson also attempted to counsel the singer, but Bieber refused to talk to him.

Earlier this month, a neighbor in Los Angeles accused Bieber and his pals of hurling eggs at his home, causing extensive damages. Officers searched Bieber's home and one person was arrested for drugs. He is under investigation for felony vandalism in that incident.

This bulletin will be updated as more information becomes available. Follow David Ovalle on Twitter @davidovalle305

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