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Teen star Bieber arrested for 'drag racing while drunk'

Curt Anderson, Florida

Published 24/01/2014 | 02:30

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Canadian teen pop singer Justin Bieber waves after exiting from the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami
Canadian teen pop singer Justin Bieber waves after exiting from the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami
Canadian teen pop singer Justin Bieber in this booking photo provided by Miami Beach Police Department in Miami Beach. Photo: Reuters
The Lamborghini and a Ferrari allegedly involved in the drag race. Photo: AP

A SOBER-LOOKING Justin Bieber has been released from jail following his arrest on charges of driving under the influence, driving with an expired license and resisting arrest.

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Police say they stopped the 19-year-old pop star while he was drag-racing down a Miami Beach street before dawn.

Bieber was arrested after police said they saw him heading down a residential street in Miami Beach in a yellow Lamborghini at twice the speed limit.

Officers say he had an expired licence, was initially not co-operative when he was pulled over and smelled of alcohol.

Police say Bieber later admitted that he had been drinking, smoking marijuana and taking prescription medication.

R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff was arrested in the same incident. He is charged with driving under the influence. Police said Khalil was driving a Ferrari.

Bieber and Khalil, wearing bright red jail fatigues, were arraigned via a video link from jail. They remained silent while defense attorney Roy Black negotiated bond.

Bieber's bond was set at $2,500 (€1,825). Khalil's bond was set at $1,000 (€730).

Black, a high-profile lawyer whose clients have included Rush Limbaugh and William Kennedy Smith, said he thought the case would proceed "hopefully as any other case would" in light of Bieber's celebrity status.

Authorities say Bieber was arrested after police saw him and Khalil racing two luxury vehicles down the street at 4:09 a.m., with two other vehicles apparently being used to block off the area. Police say Bieber was clocked at 55 mph (88 kph) to 60 mph (96 kph) in a 30 mph (48 kph) zone.

According to the arrest report, Bieber "had slow deliberate movements" and a look of stupor on his face when the officer ordered him to exit his vehicle.

The police report said he cursed several times at the officer and demanded to know why he was being arrested.

Bieber failed a field sobriety test and was taken to the Miami Beach police station for a Breathalyzer, police said. Results haven't been released.

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