Biebs isn’t the first and won’t be the last


Justin Bieber isn’t the first taxi-spurning entertainment figure to be involved in an unfortunate car incident in South Florida. A few noteworthy mugshots:

Jeffrey Donovan: In July 2009, the ‘Burn Notice’ star got popped for driving under the influence on Pine Tree Drive in Miami Beach (what is it about this street?) after almost hitting the back of a police car at a red light. As per the arrest report, Donovan, who was coming from the Fontainebleau, failed a field sobriety test and refused a Breathalyzer. The actor’s side of the story? “The only mistake I made tonight was drinking Benadryl with 3 glasses of wine,” read the report.

Kat Dahlia: In July of last year, the Cuban-born, Miami-raised rapper was arrested on charges of DUI and resisting arrest without violence in Miami Beach. According to the affidavit, Kat (real name: Katriana Huguet) got pulled over in the 4700 block of Alton Road after an officer noticed that the ‘Gangster’ singer was going 50 mph in a 30 mph zone and that the headlights were off. Said cop detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. The kicker: Dahlia, whom the report said had “bloodshot eyes and slurred speech,” was wearing a bathing suit behind the wheel. And in case you were wondering, Swim Week was over.

Bobby Brown: For all you history buffs, the ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ singer had some legal issues in Hollywood way back in August 1996. Brown was hauled off and charged with drunken driving after losing control of then wife Whitney Houston’s Porsche on North Ocean Drive and ramming it into a sign at the Hollywood Towers condo and a few hedges. Cops said his blood-alcohol level was 0.22 percent (well above Florida's 0.08 limit); the Sun Sentinel reported that his urine later positive for cocaine and marijuana. The former star of ‘Being Bobby Brown’ also broke four ribs and a foot. He served five days in the Broward County Jail for his offenses and was called a model inmate. Go figure.

Madeleine Marr

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