Pop star Justin Bieber has been arrested for drunk driving, drag racing, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license, according to TMZ. Police pulled him over in Miami Beach shortly after 4 a.m. Thursday, when they saw him racing his yellow Lamborghini against a red Ferrari in a residential neighborhood, writes Alan Duke for CNN. The Ferrari was being driven by Bieber’s friend Khalil Amir Sharieff, a rapper on Def Jam Records, writes Michael Rothman for ABC News.
Police said when they approached Bieber’s car, he reeked of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes and a look of “stupor” on his face, TMZ writes. Later on Thursday, Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez told reporters that Bieber “made some statements that he had consumed some alcohol, and that he had been smoking marijuana and consumed some prescription medication,” Duke writes. Bieber cursed out a police officer, according to the three-page arrest report, which Miami Beach police uploaded to its official Twitter account, as Gerrick D. Kennedy reports for the Los Angeles Times.
The police report says … Bieber was defiant from the get-go, yelling at the cops, ‘Why the f**k are you doing this?’ He also yelled, ‘What the f**k did I do. Why did you stop me?’
When the officer tried to perform a routine pat down, Bieber said, ‘I ain’t got no f**king weapons, why do you have to search me? What the f**k is this about?’ Bieber claimed he wasn’t drunk and [was] coming back from recording music. That’s not true, because we knew he was at [SET night]club.
The police report says that Bieber was driving between 55 and 60 miles per hour in a 30 MPH residential neighborhood, TMZ writes, adding that law enforcement sources said the 19-year-old Bieber failed a field sobriety test at the scene. An update to TMZ’s article reports that law enforcement sources said Bieber blew a .04 blood alcohol level (BAC), which would not make him a drunk driver if he were 21 or older. But Florida has a zero tolerance law for underage drinkers who drive, meaning that anyone under 21 who has greater than a .02 BAC would get an automatic suspension of his or her driver’s license, TMZ writes.
Remember, he was arrested for DUI for both drugs and alcohol. If booze and drugs impaired his driving — even if it was just a sip of liquor — he can be convicted of DUI.
Rothman, Dan Good and Matt Gutman write for ABC News that Bieber appeared in court yesterday afternoon in an orange jail jumpsuit, and a judge set bail at $2,500 on the charges, which are a first-degree misdemeanor. That means Bieber could get up to six months in jail and have his license suspended for six months, ABC News writes. However, according to lawyer Mark Eiglarsh, who is not involved in this case, Bieber might be eligible for a program for first-time offenders that reduces the charge to reckless driving, ABC News writes.
As this blog has reported, Bieber has been in trouble with the law before. In a July 2012 post, we quoted an ABC News article: “He has been pulled over multiple times in his customized ‘Batmobile’ Cadillac CTS-V for infractions including making a left turn from a middle lane and speeding through a construction zone.” CNN TV reported yesterday that Bieber has an estimated net worth of $130 million.