Justin Bieber arrested for DUI, drag racing in Miami -- Updated
Add another line to the list of Justin Bieber’s recent woes: The troubled singer was arrested in Miami early Thursday. He’s been charged with drag racing and driving under the influence. The Miami Beach Police Department confirmed the arrest via Twitter around 4 a.m. Thursday morning, adding a few hours later that 19-year-old R&B singer Khalil Sharief was arrested alongside Bieber.
Update: The Miami Beach Police Department has released both Bieber’s mugshot and his arrest report, which indicates that both Bieber and Sharief were driving 55-60 miles per hour in a 30 MPH residential area. Bieber’s arresting officer writes that he “immediately smelled an odor of alcohol eminating [sic] from the drivers breath and bloodshot eyes,” noting also Bieber’s “slow deliberate movements” and the “stuper look” on his face. Bieber apparently swore at the officer as he was being arrested, at one point trying to pull his arm away, though in the end he went with police “without further incident.”
19-year-old Bieber had recently left a local nightclub and was driving a rented yellow Lamborghini on Pinetree Drive when police pulled him over for speeding. Sharief was driving a red Ferrari, according to his arrest report. According to local news station NBC 6, Bieber was “being trailed by multiple SUVs” when police gave chase; the singer was driving “at such a high speed it took officers significant distance to catch him.”
The Miami Herald writes that members of Bieber’s entourage used their cars to block traffic on Pine Tree in order to create Bieber’s own personal drag racing strip. Police also told the Herald that Bieber did not have a valid driving license.
Miami Beach Police spokesman Sgt. Bobby Hernandez tells NBC 6 that Bieber is expected to be booked into Miami-Dade County Jail later Thursday.
The arrest follows a week of partying for Bieber, during which he reportedly dropped ridiculous amounts of money at the King of Diamonds Gentlemen’s Club. He’s also currently under investigation for an egging incident in Los Angeles that caused thousands of dollars worth of damage; a recent search of Bieber’s home ended in one member of his entourage being arrested on suspicion of drug possession.